At least 10 people have died after suicide bombers on motorcycles attacked two buildings, including the national police academy, in Chad’s capital.

The attack on N’Djamena is the first of its kind since Islamic militants threatened the country earlier this year.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion fell on Boko Haram, the jihadist group based in neighbouring Nigeria that already has attacked Chadian villages along the border of the two countries.

Chad has been a major military ally in the fight against the insurgent group, and Boko Haram’s leader has publicly threatened the Chadian president with retaliation.

Witnesses said a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up outside a government building where the head of the national police is based after security officers unsuccessfully tried to stop the attacker by shooting at him.

At least 10 people were killed in that attack.

A second explosion also went off at the headquarters of the national police academy in the capital at the same time, witnesses said.

Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau had taunted the Chadian president Idriss Deby back in February.

Shekau reportedly said then: “You sent 7,000 of your soldiers. Why didn’t you send seven million? This is few… 7,000? By Allah, it is small. We can capture them in an attempt or two.”


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