Chad Declares State of Emergency in Lake Region After Bombs

Chad declared a state of emergency in its western Lake Chad region after two female suicide-bombers struck a village, killing five people.

Security forces under the authority of the regional governor will search homes for weapons and regulate traffic in the area, Communications Minister Hassan Sylla Bakari said Monday on national radio.

Thirteen other people were wounded in Sunday’s twin bombings in Ngouboua village, the broadcaster reported earlier, citing police officials. It didn’t say if the death toll included the bombers. Islamist militant group Boko Haram may have been responsible, Bakari was cited as saying by Radio France Internationale.

Chad is withdrawing 5,000 soldiers it had deployed in Cameroon in January to help its neighbor fight the militants. They will be replaced by a multinational force to which Chad contributes troops, Defense Minister Benaindo Tatola said at a public ceremony in the capital, N’Djamena, on Saturday.

Boko Haram has stepped up cross-border attacks this year, targeting Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The group’s home ground is northeastern Nigeria, where it has killed thousands of people in a six-year campaign to establish its version of Islamic law.

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