Chad says killed 117 Boko Haram militants in last two week

Hundred and seventeen Boko Haram militants killed in two-week military campaign, Chad officials say

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Chad announced on Thursday its forces killed 117 Boko Haram militants in a two-week military campaign to clear up the islands on Lake Chad, which militants use as hiding-places and bases to launch attacks.

Thousands of soldiers were deployed in a struggle to fight the militant group alongside troops from neighbours such as Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger.

Colonel Azem Bermandoa, a spokesman for the Chadian army, talked regarding the operation.

"We killed 117 Boko Haram fighters during the two-week operation. We lost two men and several wounded,” Barmandoa said.

"We destroyed their boats and seized various weapons during the operation," he added.

The central African nation Chad has been cooperating with neighbouring Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger against Boko Haram which has been fighting a six-year insurgency in a bid to establish a state of its own in northern Nigeria and other neighbouring territories, including areas surrounding Lake Chad.

The militant group has resorted to carrying out a number of suicide attacks in the region, killing dozens of people, including soldiers from Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger.

More than 13,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram’s six-year uprising and over 1 million people are displaced internally in Nigeria.

Boko Haram had previously announced its pledge of allegiance to ISIS and calls itself West Africa Province of the militant group.


TRTWorld, Reuters