Chad engages in panic round up of beggars and foreigners after Boko Haram’s attack

Posted: June 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

Chad plans to round up beggars and some foreigners as part of a security clamp – down , days after two suicide attacks on its capital blamed on Boko Haram .

The apparently coordinated blasts at two police stations on Monday killed 34 people and injured dozens in the largest attack of its kind in the country .

Chad’s Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said yesterday that the detained beggars and foreigners would be held in a centre in Baga Sola , a town near Lake Chad, close to the Nigerian border . He gave no details on how the round – up would improve security for the nationality of the foreigners.
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Deubet also said that boating and fishing would be banned on parts of the River Chari that flows into the Lake Chad. Boko Haram militants have launched several deadly attacks around the lake , often arriving in motorised canoes from Nigeria .

Chad is a member of the multi- national forces battling Boko Haram. Its capital, N ’Djamena is a command centre for the regional anti – Boko Haram task force.

It banned religious head – to – toe burqas earlier this week on the grounds that they might be used as camouflage by militants , though residents say people on the streets of N ’Djamena have continued wearing them.

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