Explosion aboard boat in Chad kills at least four

Explosion aboard boat in Chad kills at least four

At least four soldiers were killed and dozens injured in an explosion on a boat, thought to have been caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) in southwestern Chad.

The explosion occurred Tuesday night on a boat was traveling near Ngouboua, around 25 km from the Nigerian border, said Dimoya Souapebe, a district administrator in the town of Baga Sola.

“The explosive device was placed at the bottom of the boat, and we are trying to investigate whether this is a new technique for Boko Haram,” he added.

Chad has suffered attacks on its soil from Nigeria-based takfiri terrorist group Boko Haram since 2015. The insurgency first erupted in northeast Nigeria in 2009, before spreading into Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon, and has fo far killed more than 30,000 people.

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