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Bomber Kills 9 Civilians in Western Chad

Bomber Kills 9 Civilians in Western Chad
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By Staff, Agencies

Nine civilians lost their lives in western Chad as a female bomber detonated her explosives in an area targeted in the past by terrorist group Boko Haram, the army and officials said.

Chad is one of the countries struggling with the militant violence that has spilled over from Nigeria's decades-long extremist insurgency.

The attack took place overnight Sunday in the village of Kaiga Kindjiria.

"A suicide bomber blew herself up yesterday in Kaiga Kindjiria, killing nine people, two women and seven men," an army source said.

The toll was confirmed by Chadian army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa.

"It is Boko Haram, There is no doubt," the spokesman added.

Kaiga-Kindjiria, a village of about 7,000 people, is located near the vast Lake Chad region where militants hide out among islets and marshlands to launch attacks on Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger.

Boko Haram began in Nigeria but its attacks have spread to neighboring countries. The group has also split and a faction affiliated with Daesh, ISWAP, is particularly active around Lake Chad.

The attack came as French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly visited the Chad capital N'Djamena, where she met her Chadian counterpart on Monday morning.

In early January, 1,200 Chadian troops, deployed as part of a regional force in Nigeria, returned to Chad to be redeployed around the Lake, where attacks have multiplied in recent months.