A court in Chad sentenced to death 10 Islamist militants, including an accused ringleader who said he helped organize suicide bombings in the nation’s capital that killed 67 people this year.
Mahamat Mustapha, who stood trial with the others on charges including conspiracy to murder and illegal arms possession, made the confession in a court hearing in the capital, N’Djamena, where the series of bombings in June and July also injured more than 180 people. The court convicted the suspects and ordered the death penalty, according to a national television broadcast on Friday.
The trial of the alleged Boko Haram members, all with multiple identity cards, is the first of its kind in Chad. The oil-producing nation has joined Niger and Cameroon as part of a multinational force to counter the growing threat of Boko Haram in the region.
The group’s home ground is northeastern Nigeria, where it has killed thousands of people in a six-year campaign to establish Shariah, or Islamic law.