Eleven dead as Chad arrests 60 bomb attack suspects

Six militants, five soldiers die as Chadian forces arrest 60 suspected of involvement in bomb attack

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Chadian state prosecutor Alghassim Khamiss has told Reuters that six militants and five security forces operatives were killed in clashes early on Monday as government forces cracked down on suspected Boko Haram members.

The clashes came as operations across Chad’s capital N'Djamena led to the arrest of 60 individuals from Chad, Cameroon, Mali and Nigeria believed to be involved with Boko Haram.

“An active cell of a terrorist network has been identified and dismantled," said prosecutor Alghassim Khamis.

"We have counted six [dead] terrorists and five police officers during the police operation on this compound that we had learned was an arms cache."

The raids came after two twin blasts at different police stations killed 34 people  - including four suspected of being members of Boko Haram - in N'Djamena on June 15, while dozens of others were wounded. The attacks were the most destructive of their kind in Chad’s history.

The raids reportedly led to seizures of bomb fragments, explosives, communications technology and pre-fabricated vests intended to be used for suicide attacks.

Chad is one of the leading countries fighting against the Boko Haram militant group, which has has been attempting to carve out a state based in northeastern Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon.

TRTWorld and agencies