B/Haram mil­i­tants kill 11 Cha­dian troops

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Cha­dian mil­i­tary source says 11 Cha­dian sol­diers were killed Tues­day in a cross­bor­der at­tack by sus­pected Boko Haram mil­i­tants.

The source told re­porters that 17 Boko Haram fight­ers were also killed in the clash. The mil­i­tants re­port­edly at­tacked a Cha­dian army po­si­tion near Lake Chad around 4 a.m. lo­cal time.

Chad is a con­trib­u­tor to a re­gional task force set up to fight Boko Haram. The group’s at­tacks have spread in re­cent years from its birthplace in north­east­ern Nige­ria to nearby Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

Cha­dian forces helped Nige­ria re­claim ar­eas con­trolled by the group in an of­fen­sive early this year.

NATO Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Jens Stoltenberg

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