Extra than 20 Chadian troopers were killed attain Lake Chad after suspected jihadists, purportedly belonging to the Boko Haram community, attacked troops stationed within the notoriously volatile concern.
Talking to Reuters, Chadian military spokesman Classic Azem Bermandoa acknowledged that no longer less than 20 troopers had perished in an assault within the early hours of Thursday.
“We deplore the death of about 20 of our troopers all the design thru a routine patrol within the locality,” Bermandoa acknowledged, adding that the attackers had been repelled by troops and that multinational forces had reinforced the dwelling.
He stated that operations had been now underway to additional accept the dwelling and display screen down these accountable for the killings.
Talking with AFP, Bermandoa acknowledged the assault had occurred at Tchoukou Telia, an island on Lake Chad located some 190 kilometers (118 miles) to the northwest of the country’s capital, N’Djamena. The sizable physique of water sits on or attain the borders of four international locations – Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad.
The concern’s deputy prefect, Haki Djiddi, educated AFP that the death toll used to be 24. He added that several troopers had been wounded and that others fled into the nearby geographical region. Djiddi acknowledged the troops attacked had been resting after having returned from a patrol.
Islamist terrorist groups equivalent to Boko Haram and Islamic Verbalize West Africa Province have operated from the volatile concern, carrying out assaults against civilian and military targets.
In March 2020, round 100 Chadian troops had been killed by Islamist militants all the design thru a evening raid on the lake’s Bohoma peninsula. Then-President Idriss Deby Itno led an offensive against the groups sooner than being killed by rebels in northern Chad in April 2021.
Since Boko Haram led a insurrection in Nigeria in 2009, roughly 36,000 of us have died and some three million have fled their homes, based completely on UN figures.
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