Secretary-General deplores use of young girls in Chad suicide bombings

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Nigerian refugees arrive on Lake Chad islands in Niger after fleeing attacks in Doron Bagga in Borno state, Nigeria in September 2014. Photo: IRC (UNHCR partner in south Niger)

A wave of suicide bombings in Chad this weekend which killed more than 30 people and injured dozens has been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon also expressed dismay that young girls reportedly were used to carry out some of the attacks.

Dianne Penn reports.

The five simultaneous suicide bombings took place on Saturday at a market and refugee camp in Baga Sola in western Chad.

The town is located on the shores of Lake Chad and is home to thousands of Nigerians who have fled the terrorist group Boko Haram.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attacks, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.

Mr Ban also deplored that three young girls reportedly were among the perpetrators.

The UN chief encouraged leaders to hold a postponed summit of Heads of State of Central and West Africa as soon as possible, as a means to tackle the terrorism threat in their region and its root causes.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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