Ten suspected members of the Boko Haram militant group have been sentenced to death 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.
Nigerian citizen Mahamat Mustapha, also known by the name Bana Fanaye, who is believed to be the was among the "ringleader of a network smuggling weapons and munitions between Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad," was among the ten suspects sentenced.
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 said.
The sentences were passed down on Friday after in an undisclosed secret location. The trial was supposed to last eight days but was sped 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 insurgency 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 the Boko Haram insurgency 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 the islands on Lake Chad, which is located between the four countries and is used by Boko Haram militants as a hideout.