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Boko Haram Attacks Reportedly Hurt Economic Activity in Chad
« on: January 27, 2016, 10:10:26 AM »

Economic activity has been paralyzed in Chad and northern Cameroon following frequent Boko Haram attacks on trucks transporting goods from Nigeria's Borno state to the two central African nations. During the latest attack, suspected Boko Haram members diverted three trucks transporting goods to Chad through Cameroon to an unknown destination. This marks a change of strategy after the terrorist group started targeting mosques in Cameroon.

Naffissa Adja, a sales agent at Arab supplies, one of the most popular shops in N'djamena, says she still waits to be paid last month's salary, as the shop has not received supplies from Nigeria's Borno state for several months.

She has not been paid because business is slow due to regular attacks on the shop's supply trucks.

Truck driver Tocba Haman, 45, says he no longer travels to Nigeria for supplies because the Boko Haram terrorist group targets trucks and kills drivers.

As the terrorists continue to control Nigerian villages, seizing goods and killing traders ? especially around Borno state ? business activity will continue to decline in Chad, Haman says, even with the heavy presence of the military along roads and markets.

Based in the northeastern city of Maiduguri
Self-proclaimed leader is Abubakar Shekau
Began in 2002 as a non-violent Islamist splinter group
Launched uprising in 2009
Has killed thousands since 2010
Boko Haram translates to "Western education is sinful"
Wants Nigeria to adopt strict Islamic law
Abdoul Said a customs official in Chad says three business establishments lost their trucks last Saturday to Boko Haram insurgents in the Nigerian town of Gambarou, which is separated from the Cameroonian town of Fotokol by a 500 meter-long bridge.

He says many vehicles have been attacked and seized by Boko Haram in the past two weeks. In the most recent attack, the insurgents drove three trucks loaded with goods destined for northern Cameroon and the Chadian capital, N'djamena, to an unknown destination, Said says.

N'Djamena lies less than 50 kilometers from Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, the stronghold of the radical Islamist movement.

Chad and northern Cameroon have supply routes originating from Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria, which is the center of Borno state. The goods are brought in through Gambarou and then Fotokol on the Cameroonian side to Kousseri and N'Djamena in Chad.



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