Chad kills Boko Haram members by firing squad

Chad carries out death sentence for 10 suspected members of Boko Haram militant

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Men accused of being members of Boko Haram attend their trial in N'Djamena, Chad

Updated Aug 30, 2015

Chad has carried out the execution of 10 suspected members of the Boko Haram militant group who were sentenced to death on Friday by a court in Chad over their role in a suicide bombing on June 15 that killed 38 people and injured over 100 in the capital city N'Djamena.

The men were killed by firing squad, Chadian security sources told reporters on Saturday.

According to one source who was quoted by Reuters said that "they were shot this morning at the Massaguet firing range about 60 kilometres northeast of N'Djamena."

Nigerian citizen Mahamat Mustapha, also known by the name Bana Fanaye, who was believed to be the "ringleader of a network smuggling weapons and munitions between Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad," was among the ten suspects sentenced to death.

The other defendants were sentenced after being found guilty of a various of charges, including criminal conspiracy, killing, wilful destruction with explosives, fraud, illegal possessions of arms and ammunition and using psychotropic substances, chief prosecutor Bruno Mahouli Louapambe told reporters on Friday.

The sentences were passed down in an undisclosed secret location. The trial was supposed to last eight days but was speeded up due to alleged security threats.

Chad had only reintroduced the death penalty for acts of terrorism in July after the Boko Haram group, which originated in the northeastern Nigerian border state of Borno, became a threat to Chadian security.

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

Chad is currently working on organising a regional force of around 8,700 troops and police officers to battle Boko Haram along its borders.

Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon are also involved in efforts to restore security in 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.

TRTWorld and agencies