Chad : clashes with Boko Haram in Lake Chad region killed 8 soldiers

The group has been led by Abubakar Shekau since 2009. Photo: RR

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NEWSROOM (ADV) – Eight Chadian soldiers died and 11 were injured in a Boko Haram attack in the Lake Chad region on Wednesday, October 10, with 48 jihadists killed as the army retaliated, a military spokesperson said.

Wednesday’s attack comes after France’s Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly visited Chad during two days of meetings with regional officials.

“Boko Haram terrorists attacked defense forces positions early this morning in Kaiga Kindji,” spokesperson Colonel Azem told AFP, saying the attack had been “vigorously” repulsed.

Boko Haram took up arms in 2009 in pursuit of a terrorist state in northern Nigeria. More than 27,000 people have been killed during the nine-year insurgency, which has spread to neighboring states bordering Lake Chad.

Chad, Cameroon and Niger have all joined the military effort by Nigeria to crush Boko Haram. Chad has seen a recent increase in attacks by the group.

A Chadian soldier was killed earlier this month after Boko Haram launched a mortar attack on a military camp in Litri, close to the Nigeria border.

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