UN chief condemns deadly suicide bombing in Chad

A group of Central African Republic refugees on arrival in N'Djamena, Chad, after being evacuated from Bangui by aircraft. Photo: UNHCR/M. Farman-Farmaian

12 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned yesterday's deadly terrorist attack in the Chadian capital of N'Djamena, a spokesperson for the Organization said today.

According to reports, a suicide bomber targeted N'Djamena's central market killing at least 15 people and injuring numerous others.

In a statement released earlier this morning, the Secretary-General's spokesperson declared that Mr. Ban extended his “heartfelt condolences” the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Chad.

“This brutal attack against civilians during the month of Ramadan serves as a reminder to all of us that the scourge of terrorism knows no bounds,” the statement continued.

“The Secretary-General reiterates the importance of further collaboration among countries of the region to more effectively combat terrorism while adhering to international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.”

Although the attack has, as of yet, gone unclaimed, the porous border between Chad and north-eastern Nigeria has permitted militants aligned with the Boko Haram extremist group to fan out across the region and widen their range of devastation.

In June, a Boko Haram attack in N'Djamena killed 25 people and similarly drew the Secretary-General's condemnation.

Mr. Ban has also previously commended Chad for its “courageous role” in the fight against Boko Haram as part of a larger Multinational Joint Task Force.

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