Sui­cide bombers hit mar­ket, refugee site

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

At least five sui­cide bombers on Satur­day tar­geted a vil­lage in Chad that is home to thou­sands of Nige­ri­ans who have fled Is­lamist ex­trem­ist vi­o­lence, killing at least 36 peo­ple and wound­ing about 50 oth­ers in what ap­peared to be co­or­di­nated at­tacks, of­fi­cials said.

Author­i­ties blamed the ex­trem­ist Boko Haram group from neigh­bor­ing Nige­ria for the at­tacks in the western vil­lage of Baga Sola, ac­cord­ing to a gov­ern­ment com­mu­nique. It said 41 peo­ple had died, in­clud­ing the five sui­cide bombers who were iden­ti­fied as two women, two chil­dren and a man.

Bombers hit the mar­ket in Baga Sola when it was at its busiest Satur­day, killing at least 16 peo­ple, said Gen. Banya­man Cossin­gar, the head of Chad’s gen­darmerie. A sec­ond group killed at least 22 peo­ple at a nearby refugee camp, he said. His fig­ures ap­par­ently in­cluded two of the bombers.

A po­lice spokesman said later that two of the five bomb­ings were near the refugee camp but not in it.

Chad has be­come a ma­jor mil­i­tary ally of Nige­ria in the fight against Boko Haram, which ear­lier this year threat­ened to re­tal­i­ate. While the group has pre­vi­ously at­tacked Chad’s cap­i­tal, N’Dja­mena, Satur­day’s bomb­ings ap­pear to be the largest and most elab­o­rate staged yet in the coun­try’s lake re­gion.

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