Police arrests 62 women in Chad for wearing full veils

Chadian police arrest women with full veil following multiple suicide bombing attacks, in line with security measures says Chadian security officer

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Chadian authorities banned wearing full veils in public places in June to prevent suicide attacks.

Chad police arrested 62 women for wearing full veils in public after suicide bombing attack, the Chadian police spokesman reported on Thursday.

Since June, Chadian authorities banned the full veil, or burqa, for security reasons, and implement the law in July. The arrest of the 62 women was an attempt to step up security against potential militant attacks.

Chadian police also arrested eight suspected militants, said police spokesman Paul Manka.

On Wednesday, the first arrests of women wearing the full veil was carried out in the Capital, N’djamena, in line with “anti-terrorism” measures Manka said.

Suspected Boko Haram militants used women and children to carry out five suicide bombings, killing at least 36 on Saturday, in a village near Lake Chad.

Spokesman Manka said, the arrested women could be released by bailing process with an amount of 100,000 CFA equivalent to 170 US dollars, adding that if they are repeatedly arrested, the women could be charged with complicity with militants.

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

Dozens of young girls and women were involved in carrying out the suicide bombings planned by Boko Haram, raising fears it is using abducted victims for the attacks, after Chad pledged to contribute to a regional security operation against the insurgents.   

A coalition of the four nations of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon reportedly pushed back the armed group from captured towns and villages in a military operation which began in February.

At least 15,000 people have been killed and more than 1.5 million displaced since the conflict with Boko Haram began in 2009. 

TRTWorld and agencies