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Chadian Soldiers Kill 19 Boko Haram Fighters

Posted: Jul 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Chadian military on Saturday, July 18, 2015, said that killed 19 Boko Haram fighters and lost two soldiers in a combat on Friday July 17, 2015, when the sect attacked a village on the bank of the Lake Chad.

A military source said: “The militants attacked early the morning and we returned fire and they were forced to flee back into Nigeria,” the source told Reuters on telephone from Komguia, where the fighting took place.

The Chadian President, Idriss Deby, had earlier on Friday vowed to crush the insurgents, who have killed thousands of people and threaten the stability of the region.

“Chad will never bend in the face of Boko Haram and I promise you that Boko Haram will disappear,” he said.

Boko Haram has fought a six-year-old insurgency to carve out an Islamist state in North East Nigeria and are carrying out cross-border attacks despite a military campaign involving Nigeria’s neighbours – Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

Niger’s army also killed at least 30 suspected fighters as it searched for militants in villages just over the border with Nigeria, Nigerien security sources said.

Chad which was hitherto perceived as Boko Haram hideout has come under constant attack by the sects after the country joined a multinational task force to crush out terrorism from Nigeria and the West Africa sub-region.

It would be recalled that after increasing spate of suicide bombings in Chad, the Chadian authorities took steps  to stem the tide of bombings by placing a ban on the use and sales of full face veils in the country.

This action was taken after suicide bombers had used full face veil to conceal their identity before exploding bombs that have claimed scores of lives.