Following Boko Haram suicide bombings in N’djamena, the Chadian capital, on Saturday, which claimed at least 15 lives, the country’s police have said it would not hesitate to apprehend anybody wearing the Muslim full-face veil.
The terrorists attacked N’Djamena market through a man who disguised as a woman in a full-face veil.
Over 80 persons were also injured in the attack the terrorists confirmed they were responsible.
The bomber detonated his explosives belt when he was stopped for security checks at the entrance to the city’s main market.
However, Chadian police spokesman, Paul Manga said, “This attack just confirms that a ban on the full-face veil was justified. It now must be respected more than ever by the entire population. Anyone who does not obey the law will be automatically arrested and brought to justice,” he warned.
Muslim-majority Chad banned the full-face veil, ramped up security measures and bombed militant positions in Nigeria last month after the first ever Boko Haram attack in its capital.
Security was tightened across the dry and dusty capital on Sunday with police and soldiers deployed in all areas, including intersections, markets and mosques.
Nine of the dead were women traders, and fear still permeated the market yesterday.
Meanwhile, a woman trader, Zenaba, in expressing her feelings said, “What was happening elsewhere and what we heard about from media reports is now happening here. I’m really scared for me and my children.