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Explosion rocks Chad market place

An explosion has occurred at the central market in Chad's capital, witnesses said.

The blast this morning came less than a month after suicide bombers on motorcycles attacked two buildings in N'Djamena, killing nearly 40 people in the first assault of its kind since Islamic militants threatened the country earlier this year.

In late June, two more suicide bombings in N'Djamena killed 11 people including five police officers.

Details and casualty information for today's attack was not immediately available.

Suspicion for the earlier attacks fell on Boko Haram, the Islamic militant group based in neighbouring Nigeria that has also attacked Chadian villages along the lake dividing the two countries.

Chad has been a major participant in the fight against Boko Haram, which has publicly threatened Chad's president with retaliation.

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