At least 18 villagers were killed by Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram militants in Monday's attack on Memorom, a Chadian village near Lake Chad, local media reported Wednesday.
According to Xinhua, local people who were quoted by the media said the attack took place while the villagers gathered for meal which broke the Ramadan fasting.Reports indicate that the governor of Lake Region, Yunus Kedallah Hamid, went to the site on Tuesday and said the attack left 3 people killed and a dozen injured.
Hamid reportedly said the villagers were killed because they rejected the ideology of the terrorist group and refused to go with them. On April 6, seven villagers who were returning from a weekly market were reportedly killed by the Boko Haram militants, according to Xinhua.
Xinhua says two suicide bomb attacks took place in Chadian capital N'Jamena on June 15, leaving 38 people killed and over 100 injured. The Chadian government blamed that Boko Haram was behind these attacks. Chad reportedly sent troops to neighboring Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger to work with these countries to fight against Boko Haram.