2015 Chad suicide bombings
The 2015 Chad suicide bombings were a suicide attack which occurred the afternoon of Saturday 10, October 2015 in the town of Baga Sola, Chad a small fishing community on Lake Chad. The attack is thought to have been perpetrated by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and resulted in the deaths of around 36 individuals, and wounding upwards of 50 more. The attacks were reportedly carried out by 3 women and 2 children with primary targets being a busy marketplace, as well as a nearby refugee camp hosting upwards of 7149 refugees.
|2015 Chad suicide bombings|
|Part of Boko Haram insurgency|
|Location||Baga Sola, Lac Region, Chad|
|Date||10 October 2015|
|Suicide bombing, mass murder|
|Perpetrators||Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Boko Haram|
Boko Haram is a salafist jihadi Islamic extremist organization with origins tracing to the West African country of Nigeria. The group's primary goal is the takeover of the Nigerian government in order to implement a state run under strict Islamic law. While Boko Haram participate in a wide range of terroristic activities including suicide bombings, and massacres, the group is most widely known for the kidnapping of women and young girls, most notably the Chibok kidnappings. Due to an ever-increasing amount of activity in and outside the borders of Nigeria, Boko Haram was officially designated as an international terrorist organization by the United States. As of 2015, Boko Haram has officially declared allegiance to, and has been accepted into the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant by official decree of the caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Use of women and children in suicide attacksEdit
Boko Haram in recent years have increasingly begun to use women and children as perpetrators for their suicide attacks. The tactics by which Boko Haram get individuals to commit suicide attack include forcing kidnapped women to carry out attacks, as well as indoctrination. Tactics for using children as suicide bombers include drugging the children before sending them out to commit an attack.
Timeline of EventsEdit
The attacks in Baga Sola began sometime in the afternoon on Saturday 10, October 2015. The first phase of the attack was carried out by three female individuals in a crowded marketplace in the town, the three attackers detonated bombs at peak traffic hours resulting in the deaths of 16 individuals, including the bombers themselves. It is not known if the perpetrators were forced to carry out the attacks or if they operated on their own free will.
Refugee camp bombingEdit
The second group of attackers almost simultaneously targeted a nearby refugee camp hosting Nigerian individuals, as well as internally displaced Chadians, whom were seeking refuge from violence perpetrated by Boko Haram. The attacks on the refugee camp ultimately resulted in the deaths of 22 individuals.
Following the attacks in Baga Sola the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, took to condemning the attacks. Additionally the nature of the attack on Baga Sola make it the most elaborate and most devastating attacks to occur in the Lake Chad region. To date Boko Haram have lost large amount of previously claimed territory, in addition the group has undergone organizational fracturing resulting from a disagreement over leadership.
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