Chad bans Islamic face veil after suicide bombings

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    Rebel
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    Chad’s government accused Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram of the bombings which killed more than 20 people.

    The prime minister said the veil was used as a “camouflage” by militants and said the security forces will burn all full-face veils sold in markets.

    Chad is to host a new regional force set up to tackle Boko Haram.

    The militant group has not commented on the attack but has previously threatened to attack Chad, after its forces started to help Nigeria.
    At a meeting with religious leaders, Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said the ban applied everywhere, not only public places.

    He added that any clothing that covers everything but the eyes was a camouflage.

    The attackers were on motorcycles when they blew themselves up outside two police buildings in the capital, N’Djamena.

    Chad suicide bombings

    Borno state, at the heart of the insurgency, is on the Nigerian border with Chad and Chadian forces have played a key role in helping Nigeria battle the jihadist group.

    The US announced on Tuesday that it will give $5m (£3.2m) towards a multi-national task force headquarters in Chad.

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    The BBC World Service’s Africa editor Richard Hamilton says Boko Haram militants have increasingly been using female suicide bombers in Nigeria, as they are more likely to smuggle bombs into public places without detection.

    The majority of the population in Chad is Muslim and the burka is worn mainly for religious reasons, but also helps protect women from the hot, dusty climate of the Sahara.

    The full-face Islamic veil was also banned in May in public places in Congo-Brazzaville, to “counter terrorism”.

    Although there has never been an Islamist attack in the country and less than 5% of the population of Congo-Brazzaville is Muslim, thousands of mostly Muslim people had fled the neighbouring Central African Republic and had taken shelter in mosques.

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    pam
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    This is precisely why I resist efforts to make face veiling commonplace! Ask yourself how you’ll feel if you’re in line at the bank and SOMEONE comes in, veiled from top to toe and stands, looking around.

    Security demands bare faces.

    #149

    Faisal Aslam
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    Islam doesn’t force to hide full face. Don’t know if they are following Wahhabi Islam. Hijab should be okay but yes all burqa / nakaab / veils who covers full face should not be allowed.

    #152

    Rebel
    Keymaster

    Hijab is ok but it also should not be forced. Yes, there is general impression wahabi are more strict.

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