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Chad bans Islamic face veil after suicide bombings

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first_imgAnyone found wearing a burqa would be “arrested, tried and sentenced in summary proceedings”, he added.Chad’s government on Tuesday declared three days of national mourning for the 33 people killed and more than 100 others wounded in the blasts.Monday’s bombings, the first such attacks in the capital of Muslim-majority Chad, have been blamed on Boko Haram jihadists who have previously carried out bloody assaults on villages along the border with Nigeria.The Islamist militants have used female suicide bombers to launch attacks in the past by hiding explosive devices under their clothes.The attackers were on motorcycles when they blew themselves up outside two police buildings in the capital, N’Djamena.Chad President Idriss Deby said he was “not surprised” the country has been targeted because of the leading role its army is playing in a regional offensive against Boko Haram fighters operating out of northeastern Nigeria. Security officers stand at the site of a suicide bombing in Ndjamena, Chad, on MondayMuslim women in Chad will no longer wear their full face veil.This comes after the government banned the full face veil following suicide bomb attacks in the country on Monday.The government has blamed Nigeria’s militant group Boko Haram for the attacks which killed more than 20 people.“Wearing the full face veil which is also called ‘Burqa’ must stop immediately from today, not only in public places and schools but throughout the whole of the country,” Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said in a speech to religious leaders the day before the start of the holy Muslim festival of Ramadaan.Any type of clothing that leaves only the eyes visible is a form of “camouflage” and is now banned, he added, asking the religious leaders to spread the message in their mosques, churches and holy places.Prime Minister Deubet said instructions had been given to security forces to “go into the markets and to seize all the burqas on sale and burn them”.Chad says the full face Veil is a camouflage for attackers from the Boko Haram grouplast_img read more

Chester Robert Baylor, 97

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first_imgChester Robert Baylor 97, of Milan, Indiana passed away Tuesday evening, January 24, 2017. Chester was born September 25, 1919. Chester was drafted as part of the first troop from Indiana in 1941 to serve our country in WWII. After serving in the South Pacific, Chester returned to Milan and married Ruth Hamilton on December 20, 1945. Chester Baylor is the founder of Baylor Trucking, Inc. He started the family business hauling furniture from the Milan Furniture Factory. Chester and his wife Ruth developed the company with an entrepreneurial spirit and hard work hauling freight throughout the Midwest and to the East Coast. Chester was a proud member of the American Legion, the United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge and Shriner’s Club. He enjoyed being active in the community; supporting local activities, dancing at the Legion, golfing with friends, driving a semi-truck in parades and creating a scholarship fund. Chester is preceded in death by his wife Ruth and his son, Robert (Bob). Surviving are his daughter, Bonnie Hammond, son, Steve (Judy) Baylor, and daughter in law, Beth Baylor. Chester was blessed with five grandchildren; Cari Baylor, Ben (Suzy) Hammond, Kelly (Bill) Shelton, Katie (Dan) Petrossi, Jenny (Chris) Swisher, and Adam Baylor. He often smiled in adoration at his eight great grandchildren. Funeral Information: Visitation will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Milan United Methodist Church located at 306 S Main Street, Milan IN 47031. Funeral Services will be held at the church immediately following the visitation with Reverend Pamela Wooden officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery following the funeral service. Donations Information: In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Milan Legion Post 235, 385 E Indian Trail Milan IN 47031 or the Milan United Methodist Church.last_img read more