Chad: Authorities declare state of emergency in region hit by Boko Haram

| November 16, 2015

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Chad has declared a state of emergency in the Lake Chad region after a series of raids and suicide bombings by militant group Boko Haram killed at least six people last week.

Chad’s Communications Minister Hassan Sylla Bakari said the order would grant authorities new powers to search and monitor residents in the region.

A top UN official said last month that an 8,700-person regional task force will begin raids against Boko Haram when the rainy season ends soon.

Vice Admiral Michael Franken is the Deputy for Military Operations for US Africa Command. He expects Nigeria-led actions to lead to “significant degradation” in Boko Haram’s activities within six months.

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Photo: Chadian women walk past destroyed homes, in the Lake Chad shore village of N’Gouboua, March 5, 2015. Credit: AP