Chadian Army scores another decisive victory against Boko Haram
DIKWA, Chad – The Chadian troops have driven Boko Haram militants out of the Northeast Nigerian town of Dikwa, losing one soldier in the battle, an army spokesman said on Monday.
In a bid to mount a robust offensive against Boko haram and also to contai them within Nigeria they had earlier deployed thousands of soldiers around Lake Chad, sometimes chasing them across the Nigerian border. Their efforts have intensified since Boko Haram attacked the Chadian village of Ngouboua last month, killing several people in the first known lethal attack in the country.
Colonel Azem Bermandoua of the Chadian army speaking declared "We have total control of the town". He also added that many Boko Haram fighters had also been killed in the clashes on Monday in northeastern Nigeria, the Islamist group's stronghold.
A Reuters media portal correspondent who was on the scene said the distinctive Boko Haram flags still flew in a town deserted by residents after several weeks of occupation by the Chadian troops.
In a separate incident, Niger, whose army is also fighting the militants, announced that they had killed six Boko Haram fighters on Saturday near the village of Bossi. Two of their vehicles were then destroyed by Chad's air forces, the army said.
Boko Haram has killed thousands of people and kidnapped hundreds in its attempt to create an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria, although the tide appears to be turning. Nigeria's army has won significant battles against them in recent weeks, raising hopes that the country's delayed presidential election will go ahead peacefully on March 28.
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