Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. “Boko Haram Attacks: 23 dead in suicide bomb attacks on Chad police,” by Anisha Jenyfer Solomon, PrepSure, June 16, 2015 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
On June 15, 2015, twenty-three people were killed in an attack by suicide bombers who blew themselves up in attacks targeting police in Chad, a country on the front-line of the fight against Boko Haram. Nearly 101 people were wounded in the simultaneous bombings outside the police headquarters and police academy in the capital N’Djamena, according to a government statement read on national radio. It said four “terrorists” were also killed but did not give details. Earlier, a police official had said two suicide bombers carried out the attacks.
The first such bombings in the capital of the north-central African nation, where security has been beefed up since Chad joined the fight against Boko Haram earlier in 2015. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, which came as police cadets were attending a training course at the academy. The government informed that the situation is under control.
Large numbers of Chad’s security forces were seen taking up positions on the streets of the capital after the attacks. President Idriss Deby was expected to return home during the day from an African Union summit in Johannesburg. The former French colony is part of a four-nation coalition also including Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger that was created to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency as the group steps up cross-border attacks. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has on several occasions threatened to attack Chad and other countries in the coalition.
In the second week of June, Abuja hosted a summit where Nigeria and fellow coalition members plus Benin rubber-stamped an 8,700-strong regional force to replace the current four-nation grouping. The long-awaited Multi-National Joint Task Force, which was due to have been operational in November 2014, has its headquarters in N’Djamena, under a senior Nigerian officer.
Boko Haram has been waging a six-year campaign of violence in Northeastern Nigeria that has left at least 15,000 people dead and increasingly spilled across borders…