Reuters reported that a man dressed in a women’s burqa blew himself up on Saturday July 11 killing 15 people and injuring 80, in Chad’s capital N’Djamena at the main market, a police spokesman said.
Chad authorities banned the burqa, a head to toe religious garment worn by women, saying that possible attackers could use it as a disguise or to hide explosives.
No group has claimed responsibility but Chad officials have blamed the Islamist militant group Boko Haram along with a series of shootings and bombings, which occurred in recent weeks.
Police spokesman, Paul Manga, told Reuters that 16 people including the bomber had died in the attack. Police sources also reported that a second explosion about 30 kilometres north of the capital had killed one person, this seems to be a separate event.
A witness told Reuters that they saw at least 10 bodies covered in blanket lying near the southern entrance to the market place and that security forces cornered off the area to sop people going in, they then proceeded to search the stalls for more explosives.
Manga made a statement saying that “the suicide bomber was a man disguised as a woman [in a burqa]. He tried to enter the market when he was intercepted by police.”
“That is when he detonated the bomb.”