A file photo taken on February 4, 2015 shows Chadian soldiers patrolling in the Nigerian border town of Gamboru after taking control of the city. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE YAS
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Chad's decision to ban women from wearing the Islamic veil, which came two days after bloody suicide bombings hit the capital, has divided Muslims but the government defends it as part of an anti-terror strategy.Many Muslim women in N'Djamena wear the full-face veil with just the eyes exposed known as the niqab, which is usually black.In a country where Muslims make up 53 percent of the population – with Christians accounting for 35 percent – the ban on the Islamic veil, including the completely face-covering burqa, has prompted mixed reactions.Other Muslims are shocked by the decision, which comes as the holy fasting month of Ramadan gets underway. Hassan Barka, a mechanic, said he didn't see the connection between the burqa and terrorism.The regime seeks to prevent radical Islam from taking root in Chad, where conservative Wahhabis and Salafis make up between 5 and 10 percent of Muslims, according to the U.S. State Department.
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