Triple suicide attacks kill 19 in Chad island
Dec 6, N'Djamena: At least 10 people were killed and 130 others wounded after a series of suicide bombings by suspected Boko Haram on an island in Lake Chad.
Security officials earlier said at least 27 people were killed and 80 wounded in the attacks carried out by four women on Saturday on the island of Koulfoua on the Chadian side of Lake Chad on a busy market day, news reports said.
State TV reported that the provisional death toll was 19, including the four kamikazes and 130 injured.
Two of the blasts rang out from the centre of the market and a third in the street as people fled, security sources said.
According to the news reports, no one claimed responsibility for the attacks, but officials pointed fingers at the armed group Boko Haram from neighbouring Nigeria.
General Banyaman Cossingar, Chad gendarmerie director general, confirmed the attack saying Boko Haram is suspected, the AP news agency reported.
More than 5,000 soldiers have been deployed on islands and lakeside villages there.
Boko Haram, which has led a six-year armed campaign in Nigeria, has stepped up attacks this year in Chad, Niger, and Cameroon after those countries agreed to fight the group. An estimated 20,000 people have been killed.
The Oslo Times