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July 11, 2015: Disguised terrorist detonates suicide bomb in Chad

On July 11, 2015 a Boko Haram terrorist disguised as a woman detonated a suicide vest in Chad, killing 15 people and wounding another 80

N’DJAMENA, CHAD – Some terrorists go to extreme lengths to foil security efforts.

To the chagrin of many I will start off with yet another Monty Python reference. For those who do not like their humour you scan skip to the description of today’s attack. For everyone else read on!

The British comedy troupe’s sketch entitled ‘Her Majesty’s Government Public Service Film No 42: How not to be seen‘ simply MUST be seen. It is a useful guide on how to evade detection since failing to do so means getting blown up!

Anybody there? If you stand up you’ll get a surprise! (Photo: Robert Nunnally CC BY 2.0)

Terrorists also have a need not to be seen for a very simple reason: they want to succeed and the only way to do so is to not get on the radar of national security intelligence or law enforcement agencies. Ergo, they try to stay ‘unseen’. Some are rather ingenious in achieving ‘invisibility’.

On this day in 2015

A Boko Haram (BH) terrorist disguised as a woman in a full-face veil detonated a suicide vest in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, killing 15 people and wounding another 80. The terrorist set off his deadly load when he was stopped for security checks at the entrance to the market.

Despicable.

Laurent Fabius, France’s foreign minister

I am not sure which is worse: that the terrorist faked his gender or that he killed innocent people in Chad, not in Nigeria where BH has long been active. Then again, does it matter? An AFP correspondent described a gruesome scene of carnage and pools of blood. Enough said.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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