Triple suicide attack kills 27 on Lake Chad island - source

N'Djamena - At least 27 people were killed and more than 80 wounded on Saturday in a triple suicide bombing on an island in Lake Chad, a security source in the capital, N'Djamena said.

"Three suicide bombers blew themselves up in three different places at the weekly market on Loulou Fou, an island in Lake Chad," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity in a region where a state of emergency was put in place in November following a wave of attacks by Boko Haram Islamists.

Paul Manka, Chad police spokesperson, said three females carried out Saturday's attack on Koulfoua Island. Gen. Banyaman Cossingar, Chad gendarmerie director general, confirmed the attack, saying Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram is suspected.

The Lake Chad region, which straddles the borders of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria, has been regularly targeted by the extremists.

Chad's government has already imposed a state of emergency in the area. Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamic extremist group whose 6-year uprising has killed some 20 000 people, stepped up attacks this year in neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon after those countries agreed to help fight the insurgents.

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