Boko Haram militants kill nearly 100 Chadian soldiers in attack

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants killed nearly 100 Chadian soldiers and wounded dozens more in what President Idriss Deby described as the deadliest attack ever on the country's military. The soldiers were ambushed on Monday in the island village of Boma in the swampy Lake Chad zone in the west of the country, where the armies of Chad, Nigeria and Niger have been fighting the Islamist militants for years

Reuters March 26, 2020 00:18:25 IST
Boko Haram militants kill nearly 100 Chadian soldiers in attack

Boko Haram militants kill nearly 100 Chadian soldiers in attack

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants killed nearly 100 Chadian soldiers and wounded dozens more in what President Idriss Deby described as the deadliest attack ever on the country's military.

The soldiers were ambushed on Monday in the island village of Boma in the swampy Lake Chad zone in the west of the country, where the armies of Chad, Nigeria and Niger have been fighting the Islamist militants for years.

"I have taken part in many operations ... but never in our history have we lost so many men at one time," Deby said during a visit to the site on Tuesday.

Deby gave an initial death toll of 92 and 47 wounded. Three military sources told Reuters on Wednesday that the number of dead had risen to 98.

Footage on state TV showed Deby, who has ruled Chad since 1990 and survived several rebellions and coup attempts, wearing a protective mask and walking with troops among the charred remains of burned-out pick-up trucks.

The Boko Haram insurgency, which erupted in northeast Nigeria in 2009, has killed more than 30,000 people and forced about 2 million to flee their homes.

Further afield in Mali, Burkina Faso and western Niger, al Qaeda and Islamic State-linked militants are expanding their presence and have killed hundreds of troops over the last six months.

Deby has deployed troops to counter these groups in the Sahel and Lake Chad region.

Chad’s armed forces are among the most respected in the region - a reputation forged during decades of war and rebellions, and honed in a 2013 campaign against al Qaeda-linked Islamists in the deserts of northern Mali.

Chad is one of France's closest allies in its Operation Barkhane regional counter-terrorism push.

(Reporting by Madjiasra Nako; Writing by David Lewis and Juliette Jabkhiro; Editing by Andrew Heavens, Edward McAllister and Giles Elgood)

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