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Chad to probe death of 44 detained Boko Haram suspects

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<p>Forty-four suspected Boko Haram terrorists were found dead in their cells in a Chad prison last week.</p> <p>Officials said the 44 were among a group of 58 suspects captured during a major army operation around Lake Chad marshlands launched by President Idriss Deby early this month.</p> <p>Youssouf Tom, the Chadian Public Prosecutor said: “We did a head count, we found that only 44 of 58 prisoners were actually called back to God, under circumstances we don’t know about.”</p> <p>An autopsy carried out on four of the dead prisoners revealed traces of a lethal substance that had caused heart attacks or severe asphyxiation, the Public Prosecutor added.</p> <p>“We have automatically decided to open a judicial inquiry to determine the cause of this mass death of inmates,” the prosecutor added.</p> <p>The deaths by apparent poisoning were shrouded in mystery on Sunday, with observers wondering whether they were murdered or had committed collective suicide.</p> <p>The semi-desert country lost 98 soldiers in a March 23 attack on a base at Bohoma in the Lake Chad marshlands, prompting a massive military operation against Boko Haram.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AGENCIES</span></em></strong></p>
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