Chad sentences 10 Boko Haram members to death

President Idriss Deby Itno

President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad

President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad
President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad

Reuters – Chad, a leading country in a military task force against Boko Haram, has sentenced 10 members of the Islamist militants to death on terrorism charges, the chief prosecutor said on Friday.

“The condemned will be shot,” Louampambe Mahouli Bruno said on state television.

Chad’s capital N’Djamena, less than 100 kilometres from the Nigerian border, was hit by a series of suicide bombings in June and July that killed more than 40 people.

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Chad along with Nigeria is leading the 8,700-strong regional military task force against Boko Haram. Chad’s President Idriss Deby has strengthened local anti-terrorism laws and has said that Boko Haram can be destroyed by year end.

The verdict was announced in a closed court room just two days after the trial began and nearly a week ahead of schedule. The people who were sentenced included 30-year-old Cameroonian Mahamat Moustapha, also known as Bana Fanaye, who was named by Chad as the mastermind behind the N’Djamena attacks.

Earlier this week, he pleaded guilty to charges against him, which also included allegations of fraud and drugs and weapon possession, judicial sources said.