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Boko Haram Kills 92 Chadian Soldiers in Seven-hour Attack
By Staff, Agencies
Ninety-two Chadian soldiers have been killed in the deadliest attack ever by Boko Haram terrorists on armed forces in the country, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno said on Tuesday.
The attack is part of an expanding terrorist campaign in the vast, marshy Lake Chad area, where the borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria converge.
The terrorist group launched an insurgency in Nigeria in 2009 before beginning incursions in its neighboring countries to the east.
“We lost 92 of our soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers,” in the attack overnight on Sunday in Boma, Itno said.
“It’s the first time we have lost so many men,” he added, after examining the site of the attack in the Lac province, which borders Niger and Nigeria.
The attack on soldiers on the Boma peninsula lasted at least seven hours, and reinforcements sent to help out were also targeted, one soldier told AFP.
He said 24 army vehicles were destroyed, including armored vehicles, and captured military arms were carried off in speedboats by Boko Haram.
“The enemy has hit at our defenses hard in this zone,” a senior officer said.
Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks in recent months on the islands of the Lake Chad basin.
The terrorist group’s crimes have claimed the lives of 36,000 people and displaced nearly two million in northeastern Nigeria since it began, according to the UN.
Since 2015, countries in the African region have cooperated in the Multinational Joint Force, a regional coalition engaged around Lake Chad with the help of local residents formed into vigilante groups.
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