The attack took place early Wednesday in Makate village located in Laramanaye, a sub-prefecture of the region, said Djimet Blama Souck, sub-prefect of Laramanaye.
"Nine dead were identified immediately, while three others, unfortunately, succumbed to their injuries. Security forces managed to capture eight attackers, while six bandits were killed in the clash," Souck said, addding that this "despicable" crime may have been committed by armed road robbers.
"These provisional figures could change quickly. Some sources even mention 28 deaths," local outlet Tchadinfos reported, adding that "the stolen oxen were recovered and returned to the farmers."
ISWAP just released pictures from the first up-armoured SVBIED attack against MNJTF forces on May 14. The vehicle, a pick-up with mounted armoured vehicle sections, was driven by ’Anas al-Ansari’ and struck a convoy in the Lake Chad area, destroying multiple vehicles https://t.co/jI1ubjTbjLpic.twitter.com/0sc6Iw1aGF
According to local journalists, the attackers do not appear to be Chadian. Logone Oriental Region borders Cameroon and the Central African Republic
Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, Chadian transitional president, who is on a nationwide tour of the country, said he was saddened by the news.
"I want to sincerely extend my condolence to families of victims and also congratulate security forces who succeeded to neutralize and arrest these bandits before they crossed the border," Itno said while addressing a crowd during a rally in the Massenya locality of the country.