Chad, Niger forces kill 123 Boko Haram

14 of the two na­tions’ own troops have died and 39 wounded

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REUTERS/ A joint mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion be­tween Chad and Niger has killed 123 Boko Haram mil­i­tants since July and re­cov­ered a sig­nif­i­cant quan­tity of weapons, Niger’s De­fence min­istry said on Fri­day.

Al­lied Cha­dian-Nige­rien forces launched an of­fen­sive against the Is­lamists af­ter a sur­prise at­tack in Niger killed 30 of the coun­try’s troops in early June, its dead­li­est ever at­tack there.

De­fence min­istry spokesman Colonel Moustapha Le­dru said 14 of the two na­tions’ own troops had also died and 39 had been wounded in fight­ing with the Nige­rian mil­i­tant group over the same pe­riod.

“An im­por­tant quan­tity of arms and weapons were re­cov­ered,” he added.

Boko Haram is wag­ing a guer­rilla war to es­tab­lish a break­away Is­lamic caliphate around the Lake Chad re­gion, where Nige­ria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad meet.

Le­dru said a par­al­lel of­fen­sive in­volv­ing Nige­rian forces had re­cap­tured four towns from the Is­lamists, whose in­sur­gency has killed thou­sands and dis­placed 2.4 mil­lion.

The UN hu­man­i­tar­ian co­or­di­na­tor for the re­gion said on Fri­day that tens of thou­sands of peo­ple are dy­ing of hunger be­cause in­se­cu­rity has pre­vented farm­ers till­ing the land and made ac­cess for aid agen­cies al­most im­pos­si­ble.

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple are dy­ing of hunger in the area of west Africa where Boko Haram mil­i­tants are ac­tive, the UN hu­man­i­tar­ian co­or­di­na­tor for the re­gion, told a news con­fer­ence on Fri­day. About 65,000 peo­ple are in a “catas­tro­phe”, ac­cord­ing to a food se­cu­rity assess­ment.

REUTERS

A Nige­rian army con­voy ve­hi­cle drives ahead with an anti-air­craft gun, on its way to Bama, Borno State, Nige­ria, on Au­gust 31. Al­lied Cha­dian-Nige­rien forces launched an of­fen­sive against the Is­lamists af­ter a sur­prise at­tack in Niger/

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