Τρίτη, 12 Ιανουαρίου 2016

Islamic face veil banned in Far North after suicide bombings

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Islamic face veil banned in Far North after suicide bombings

Authorities in Cameroon’s Far North region have banned the wearing of the full-face Islamic veil, also known as the burqa or hijab, following two deadly suicide bomb attacks by women dressed in the religious garments.
The women blew themselves up in the city of Fotokol last weekend, killing at least 11 people in an attack believed to be the work of the Nigerian-based Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. According to the regional governor Midjiyawa Bakari, the ban on veils is aimed at preventing further attacks of a similar nature.
“The full veil is completely prohibited …We (have) asked gendarmes and police officers to challenge any woman wearing the full veil,” Bakari said. “The terrorists are changing strategies all the time and we have to adjust progressively,” the governor added.
The hijab ban is among a raft of tighter security measures introduced in the region in the wake of the bombings, including systematic day-and-night searches of people, vehicles, and luggage.
The region has also banned motorbikes at night and tinted windows in vehicles. But the measures – including the ban on hijabs – do not apply to Cameroon’s nine other regions.
Three other Africans countries – Congo-Brazzaville, Chad, and Gabon – have also recently announced similar bans on the Islamic full-face veil over terrorism concerns.

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