In Chad, 44 suspected members of the Islamist militants Boko Haram have been found dead following a recent arrest. Coroners said they suspect that the prisoners ingested a substance which causeed breathing complications, and heart failure.
A group of 44 suspected jjihadits were found dead in prison in Chad’s capital city of N’Djamena on apri 18, the AFP news agency reported, citing local police authorities.
The dead were among 58 militants who were arrested during a recent operation against the Boko Haram carried out near Lake Chad, the country’s chief prosecutor Yousssouf Tom said on national television.
”Following the fighting around Lake Chad, 58 members of Boko Haram had been taken prisoner and sent to Ndjamena for the purposes of the investigation,” he said. ”On Thursday morning, their jailers told us that 44 prisoners had been found dead in their cell,” Tom added.