Female suicide bomber kills six in Western Chad

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A female suicide bomber, has reportedly killed six persons, after she blew herself up in western Chad.

TOS TV gathered that the attack which took place on Wednesday, August 14, happened shortly after midnight in the compound of a Traditional Chieftain, in Kaiga-Kindjiria District, in Lac province.

“Six people died, including a Soldier”, a senior Army Officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, was quoted as saying.

Four guards were among the dead, and five people were wounded, the Official added.

The death toll of six was confirmed by the Chadian Army Spokesman, Colonel Azem Bermandoa.

The attacker walked in the compound and detonated her bomb, just as people were preparing to go to bed.

A Provincial Security Official, said that a woman wearing an explosives-laden belt “blew herself up near the home of a Traditional Chief”.

Although, there was no immediate claim of responsibility, there are alledged speculations by Security Forces, linking the attack to boko haram.

Kaiga-Kindjiria lies in Lac Province, which abuts the vast Lake Chad – a region shared by Chad, Cameron, Niger, and Nigeria.

The area is a stronghold for boko haram itself and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), splinter group.

Violence in the region has killed more than 30,000 people and displaced about two million since 2009, when boko haram first launched an armed campaign with the intention of carving out an Islamic Caliphate, in North-East Nigeria.

Fighters in the Lake Chad region have routinely ambushed Soldiers, opened fire on markets and kidnapped women and children, including nearly 270 schoolgirls in the village of Chibok, in 2014, a hundred of whom are still missing.

Boko haram has carried out at least 10 cross-border attacks in Chad, since 2018, mainly targeting Army positions.

In 2015, the four Lake Chad countries, together with Benin, set up a combined Force to fight boko haram, with the help of local groups of armed citizens.