Chad Sends 2,000 Soldiers to Niger for Counter-attack against Boko Haram

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Zacheaus Somorin with agency report

Chad has sent 2,000 soldiers to Niger to prepare a counter-attack against Boko Haram after the militant group seized a Nigerien town, two senior military sources said on Wednesday.

The sources, one at Chadian military command in N’Djamena and another in the Lake Chad region where Boko Haram operates, told Reuters that the troops arrived on Tuesday and were advancing on Bosso, a town near Lake Chad that has been the scene of clashes in recent days.

Boko Haram killed 30 soldiers and forced 50,000 people to flee when it took Bosso on Friday, its deadliest raid in Niger in over a year. “About 2,000 soldiers with tanks went into Niger yesterday. They should link up with the Nigerien forces in Diffa and advance on Bosso,” said one of the Chadian military sources.

A security source in Niger confirmed that about 2,000 troops were heading to Bosso yesterday. Clashes have continued in Bosso in recent days. Niger troops briefly regained control of Bosso on Saturday, according to the defense ministry, but the militants retook it on Sunday, Bosso Mayor Mamadou Bako said.

Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamic state adhering to strict Sharia, Islamic law, in northeast Nigeria since 2009. About 2.1 million people have been displaced and thousands killed during the insurgency.

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