The head of the gendarmerie in Chad’s capital says two groups of suicide bombers attacked a market and refugee camp in a village, killing at least 38 people and injuring at least 51. A military official said the extremist group Boko Haram is suspected.
General Banyaman Cossingar, director general of the gendarmerie, said a group of women blew themselves up Saturday at the market in Baga Sola, killing at least 16 people. He said a second group of suicide bombers went to the refugee camp, killing at least 22 people.
Colonel Azem Agouna Bermandoua, spokesman for the military, said there was a triple bombing in the village. He said they suspect Boko Haram extremists from neighbouring Nigeria.
The Chadian army has since the start of this year been involved in a regional offensive against Boko Haram, whose attacks have spread across Nigeria’s borders to neighbouring countries.
At least 17,000 people have been killed, mainly in Nigeria, and more than 2.5 million made homeless since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009.