Suicide bombers hit market, refugee site
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.