Chad Bans Head-To-Toe Hijab Over Boko Haram Attacks

Chadian Prime Minister, Kalzeube Deubet, announced on Thursday in N’djamena that government had banned head-to-toe burqas and religious turbans.

Deubet said the decision was as a result of the two simultaneous suicide bombings on Monday in the country by Boko Haram militants.

Deubet said the government had met religious leaders on Wednesday to discuss the measures and all the burqas for sale in the markets would be withdrawn.

Meanwhile, Chadian Minister for Interior, Abderahim Hamid, said the country had made progress with the arrest of five suspects connected with the two simultaneous suicide bombings on Monday.

Hamid said the two simultaneous attacks on Monday were the first of their kind in Chad and appeared to be retaliation by Boko Haram for Chad’s leading role in an offensive against the militants.

Hamid said more than 100 people were injured in the attacks on a central Police Station and a Police School in the capital.

N’djamena served as a command centre for a regional anti-Boko Haram task force, made up of troops from Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin as well as for France’s 3,000-strong Barkhane mission fighting militancy in the region.

Chad neighbouring Niger confirmed that its security forces arrested a dozen suspected members of a Boko Haram cell that killed a civilian and kidnapped two youths during an attack on a village in the south eastern region of Diffa this week.

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