Chad imposes state of emergency amid Boko Haram attacks

Officials in Chad say state of emergency would grant authorities new powers to search and monitor residents in affected regions

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Chadian troops in an army base in N'djamena, Chad.

Chad has declared a state of emergency around the Lake Chad region following a series of attacks and suicide bombings suspected to be carried out by Boko Haram militants, the government said on Monday.

Boko Haram militants recently renewed the tactic of using young girls and women to carry out suicide bombings in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

The Militants have ramped up attacks in remote border areas around Lake Chad. Two suicide bombings killed at least three people and injured 14 in Ngouboua village near Lake Chad on Sunday.

Chad's Minister of Communications Hassan Sylla Bakari said the command, effective immediately, would grant security officers new strength to investigate and monitor residents in the region.

Over 15,000 people have been killed since Boko Haram began its militant campaign in the region in 2009, aiming to create its own separate state.

Chad is currently taking role on a regional campaign to battle Boko Haram along its borders.

With Nigeria leading the coalition against the insurgency with around 8,700 troops, Niger and Cameroon are also involved in the effort to restore security within the region.

Earlier in August, Chad announced that its forces had killed 117 Boko Haram militants in a two-week operation in the islands on Lake Chad, which is located between the four countries and is used by Boko Haram militants as a hideout.

Since a series of rebellions in the 2000s escalating from chad’s volatile east, there has not been a state of emergency in the country.

Neighbouring Niger has also imposed a state of emergency in its border region of Diffa, following a series of attacks carried out by Boko Haram. 

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