CHADIAN military forces killed 207 fighters from the Islamist militant Boko Haram group in clashes in Nigeria on Tuesday, the army said.
Chadian soldiers retaliated after their positions were attacked near the Nigerian town of Gambaru on the two countries’ border, the army said in a statement read on state TV in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena. The clashes, in which a Chadian soldier died and nine were wounded, lasted for “several hours,” it said.
“We destroyed 13 pickup trucks and dozens of motorcycles that were used in the attack,” according to the statement. Weapons including a French light-machinegun and Kalashnikovs were also recovered, it said.
Chad is intervening in Nigeria to force Boko Haram out of towns it holds as part of a self-declared caliphate. The group has extended its six-year insurgency in Africa’s top oil- producing nation to other countries in the region, including Chad, Cameroon and Niger, killing dozens of people in recent attacks on towns and villages.
Boko Haram, which roughly translates to “western education is a sin,” killed more than 4,700 people mainly in the north last year, double the number who died in 2013, according to estimates from UK-based risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.