Soldiers from Chad and Niger regained the Nigerian border town of Malam Fatori from Islamist militants, the Chadian army said.
The troops retook the town on Tuesday “after heavy fighting” with Boko Haram insurgents, according to a statement from army spokesman Agouna Azem Bermandoah read on Chadian national radio. “The enemy was completely defeated,” the army said, without giving any details of casualties. There was no independent verification of the violence.
Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates as “western education is a sin,” is waging a violent campaign to impose Islamic law in Nigeria. The war against the group has drawn in Nigeria’s northeastern neighbors Cameroon, Chad and Niger, with their troops carrying out raids against the militants.