24 Chadian Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Attack

At least 24 Chadian soldiers have died and several have been injured in an attack by Boko Haram in the region of Lake Chad (west), as confirmed by the authorities of this central African country on Thursday.

The attack took place on Wednesday night near the island of Tchoukoutalia as soldiers were resting after returning from patrol, authorities have reported to the local pro-government newspaper. Alwihda Info, which indicated that a sweep is underway in the area.

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The Lake Chad region, an area of ​​more than 25,000 square kilometers of swampy area, water and dozens of islands, located on the border between Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon, faces constant jihadist attacks and provides a refuge for the Nigerian group Boko Haram and its spinoff since 2015, the Islamic State in the Province of West Africa (ISWAP).

In March 2020, 92 Chadian soldiers died in the semi-insular area of ​​Boma, also located in the province of Lake Chad, in what is considered the worst attack against the Army of this country at the hands of the terrorist organization.

In July last year, the government began deploying 8,000 troops to suppress the growing jihadist threat that has displaced nearly 2.4 million people in the Lake Chad basin, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Boko Haram was created in 2002 in Maiduguri, capital of the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, by spiritual leader Mohameh Yusuf to denounce the abandonment of the north of the country by the authorities. At the time he was carrying out attacks against the Nigerian police, representing the state, but since Yusuf was killed by officers in 2009 the group has become more radical.

Since then, the northeast of Nigeria has been mired in a state of violence provoked by the jihadists, who seek to impose an Islamic state in Nigeria, a country with a Muslim majority in the north and a predominantly Christian country in the south.

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