Chad Says 62 Women Arrested for Wearing Full-Face Veils

Chad’s police arrested 62 women for wearing the full-face veil, part of a crackdown following suicide-bombings in the capital this year, security minister Ahmat Mahamat Bachir said.

The African nation banned the public wearing of such veils in June, in the wake of attacks in the capital, N’Djamena, it said were carried out by members of Boko Haram, the Islamist group based in the northeast of neighboring Nigeria. Chad is part of a multinational force fighting the militants.

The detained women will each have to pay a fine of 100,000 CFA francs ($171) before their release, Bachir told reporters in N’Djamena on Thursday.

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