Breaking News reported by the Jewish Breaking News Twitter account on 30 November, indicates that shots fired in N'Djamena, the capital city of #Chad in West Africa were aimed towards police guarding the US Embassy. Initial reports seemed to point at the motorcyclist being a suspected terrorist.
Terrorist on motorcycle arrested straight away
The incident was quickly brought to a close as within ten minutes of the first report, news came through that the suspect had been arrested. Although he was armed he was quickly overpowered and his firearm was taken away from him.
No injuries reported in shooting incident outside US Embassy
An update from Africa News (EN) said that the man was a suspected Jihadist and the Policemen they shot at were Chadian. According to Police, there was nobody injured in the attack. AFP elaborated on the story writing that the motorcyclist fired "point blank" at police using a Turkish pistol that uses ball ammunition. Apparently, such a bullet can cause severe internal injuries if it hits someone.
Documents indicate terror suspect a member of Islamic State
The Chadian government have indicated the suspect was immediately arrested and is in the hands of the intelligence police. A police source indicates the man involved was an employee of the Chad Ministry of Youth and Sports and he was carrying documents that pointed to this being the case. Amongst his documents, he was also carrying a "testament" stating that he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.”
Chad, the USA and terror threat travel warnings
Terror threats against the USA are a reality in the country. In September last year, the State Department issued a travel warning saying "“While there are presently no known specific threats against U.S. citizens in Chad, there are violent extremist organizations in the region, such as Boko Haram and al-Qai’da in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which are intent on harming westerners and western interests and are able to cross borders easily." The U.S. Embassy advised against travel into N’Djamena and in the Lake Chad region. This came after Fox News reported that the US Embassy in Chad had "closed its doors," for four days following a “credible threat” from the terrorist group Boko Haram.