Chad says army killed more than 200 Boko Haram militants

Chad's army claims it has killed more than 200 Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. (Reuters)

Chad's army claims it has killed more than 200 Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. (Reuters)

Chad’s army said it had killed more than 200 militants from Boko Haram in a battle in the northeastern Nigerian towns of Gambaru and Ngala, which are near the border with Cameroon.

Chad has deployed 2 500 troops as part of a regional effort to take on the militant group, which has been fighting for five years to create an Islamist emirate in northern Nigeria. An estimated 10 000 people died in the region last year.

Chad’s army on Tuesday destroyed more than a dozen vehicles equipped with heavy weapons and 100 motorcycles used by the militants, the army high command said on Wednesday. There was no independent confirmation of its claim.

Boko Haram fighters attacked the town of Fotokol in Cameroon on Wednesday, but were repelled, a Chadian military source on the front said by telephone.

Cameroon Information Minister Issa Tchiroma said the fighting in Fotokol lasted several hours.

“The insurgents have been driven out.
They tried to surprise us because the Chadian troops who were in Fotokol had crossed over to Nigeria,” he said.

The attack represents the latest cross-border incursion by Boko Haram, who operate near Nigeria’s borders with Niger, Chad and Cameroon. – Reuters

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