Chad executes Boko Haram men for deadly June attacks

Following three-day trial, ten convicts are executed Saturday morning by firing squad

Chad executes Boko Haram men for deadly June attacks

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Chadian authorities on Saturday executed ten Boko Haram members who were sentenced to death one day earlier for deadly twin bombings that killed 28 people in mid-June, according to judicial officials.

According to an official court statement, the men were executed Saturday morning in Massaguet, about 60 kilometers northeast of capital N'Djamena.

On June 15, at least 28 people were killed -- including large numbers of army personnel and four Boko Haram militants -- in two massive bombings that targeted two different military facilities in the capital.

Following the attack, which was Boko Haram’s most brazen operation in Chad -- and by far its deadliest -- thus far, President Idriss Deby declared three days of national mourning.

Saturday’s executions by firing squad came after a three-day trial in which the ten defendants were accused of murdering civilians; setting up a criminal organization; carrying out bomb attacks; possessing weapons and ammunition; and consuming illegal narcotics.

Boko Haram, which first emerged in the early 2000s by preaching against Nigerian government misrule and corruption, became fanatically violent in 2009 after the death of its leader while in police custody.

Since then, Boko Haram had largely confined its attacks to northeastern Nigeria. Recent months, however, have seen the group stage several deadly operations in neighboring states that have left scores dead. 

In June, five states recently targeted by Boko Haram -- Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Benin and Chad -- launched a regional task force aimed at eradicating the notorious militant group.

Earlier this month, following fresh Cameroonian contributions, the total troop strength of the Nigeria-led Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) was increased to 12,000.

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