Islamic face veil has on Wednesday been outlawed in African nation, Chad, following multiple Boko Haram suicide bombings which left at least 20 persons dead.
According to BBC, Chadian Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said the decision was necessary because Islamic militant group Boko Haram had been using the veil as “camouflage”.
The ban would apply everywhere, not only in public, Deubet said, in contrast to France’s policy which only bans the burqa in areas such as schools, universities and government buildings.
Security forces would also begin burning face veils sold in markets.
“Even the burqas for sale in the markets will be withdrawn,” Deubet said.
The announcement came the same day the government announced it had arrested five suspects accused of involvement in simultaneous bombings in the city of N’Djamena that left at least 34 people dead.
The two simultaneous attacks on Monday were the first of their kind in Chad and appeared to be retaliation by Boko Haram for Chad’s leading role in an offensive against the militants.
The full-face Islamic veil was also banned in May in public places in Congo-Brazzaville, to “counter terrorism.”