Chad Bans, Torches Face Veils

Move follows Boko Haram-linked suicide attacks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2015 7:14 AM CDT
Chad Bans, Torches Face Veils
Chadian security forces will be ordered to burn veils sold in markets, authorities say.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Chad has become the latest country to ban Islamic veils, and it has done so more aggressively than countries like France: The government says the ban applies everywhere, not just in public, and security forces will burn full-face veils wherever they're sold, the BBC reports. The move follows two suicide bombings that killed more than 20 people in the capital, N'Djamena, on Monday, and the country's leader accuses militants of using veils as "camouflage." Chad is part of the coalition fighting Boko Haram militants, and it says that in response to the suicide attacks, its helicopters have attacked six Boko Haram bases across the border in Nigeria, Bloomberg reports. (More Chad stories.)

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