A triple bombing in Chad is claimed by the Islamic separatist group Boko Haram as the group continues to try and impose fundamentalist Islamic law in four African nations.
Government authorities in the African nation of Chad have reported that a triple bombing in a marketplace has left at least 27 people dead and nearly 100 more seriously wounded. The government stated that the bombing attacks happened on Saturday and were done by three females with links to the Boko Haram resistance group.
The attacks happened on Koulfoua Island which sits in the middle of Lake Chad. Spokesman for the Chad government, General Banyaman Cossingar, said that their chief suspect in the bombing murders is Boko Haram. The Boko Haram organization is an extremeist Islamic resistance group based in Nigeria who has been fighting in Nigeria and surrounding countries in an effort to overthrow the national governments in those nations. Their aim is to establish fundamentalist Islamic rule in all of those countries, according to The New York Times.
Lake Chad and the surrounding area sits squarely on the borders of Niger, Camaroon, Chad and Nigeria. It is the exact region that Boko Haram operates from in its effort to overthrow the regimes in those countries. The central Chadian government has declared a state of emergency for the immediate area.
In related news, the government of Nigeria announced that it had captured a leading Boko Haram figure on Saturday. The Nigerians state that the captured Boko Haram man is the extremist group’s leading cameraman responsible for filming the Boko Haram in action and then dispersing it to the world. Earlier in the year, Nigeria had released a list of the 100 most wanted Boko Haram members. The cameraman they captured was number 58 on that list.
Boko Haram is based in Nigeria and they have been carrying out a 6 year old war designed to impose Islamic fundamentalist law in the region. They have expanded out into Niger, Chad, and Camaroon after those nations declared that they would help Nigeria destroy the group.
Back in 2014, the Boko Haram had kidnapped 300 young school girls and held them hostage in Nigeria and they have killed at least 20,000 people in their 6 year reign of terror.