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Boko Haram kills troops in ‘deadliest’ Chad raid

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Chadian troopers have been combating Boko Haram militants since 2015

Boko Haram Islamist militants have killed 92 Chadian troopers in assault on an island in Lake Chad.

President Idriss Déby stated on a go to to the world that Monday’s raid was the jihadists’ deadliest but in Chad.

Lake Chad is the area the place forces from Chad, Nigeria and Niger have been combating the insurgents in a joint marketing campaign for the final 5 years.

Nigeria additionally skilled a lethal assault on Monday, when 47 troopers had been killed in a Boko Haram ambush.

The Boko Haram insurgency started in north-eastern Nigeria a decade in the past – and the violence has unfold to neighbouring nations, killing greater than 30,000 folks and forcing two million from their houses, in keeping with the UN.

Photos on state TV in Chad confirmed Mr Déby strolling amongst burnt-out armoured autos.

“I’ve taken half in lots of operations… however by no means in our historical past have we misplaced so many males at one time,” the Reuters information company quoted him as saying.

In line with navy sources quoted by the AFP information company, the assault was on a military base on the island of Boma and lasted for seven hours.

Weapons had been captured by the insurgents, who escaped with them in speedboats, they stated.

The assault in Nigeria was on a convoy that had left the north-eastern metropolis of Maiduguri carrying ammunition.

Regardless of regional efforts to finish Boko Haram’s marketing campaign of violence, the group has stepped up its assaults in latest months.

— to www.bbc.co.uk

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