Chad arrests 62 women for wearing veils after bombings

2015-10-16 08:22
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N'Djamena - Chad police have arrested 62 women for wearing full veils in public as the country steps up security following multiple suicide bombing attacks, a police spokesperson said.

Muslim-majority Chad banned the full-face veil, ramped up security measures and bombed Boko Haram positions in Nigeria in June after the first ever attack by the armed group in its capital.

Boko Haram has used dozens of girls and women in recent suicide bombings in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, raising fears it is using kidnap victims to target countries that have pledged to contribute to a regional force to combat the group.

Boko Haram's six-year-old fight has left an estimated 20 000 people dead as it seeks to carve out an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria, according to Amnesty International.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  chad  |  nigeria  |  west africa
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