Fighting between Chadian troops and Boko Haram Islamist militants on an island in Lake Chad killed four soldiers and 33 insurgents, according to an army statement read on national radio.
The clashes began late on May 27 at Choau island when Boko Haram fighters attacked the West African nation’s forces, according to the statement. The army repelled the attack and recovered more than 12 weapons, it said.
Part of Lake Chad’s shoreline is in Nigeria, where Boko Haram is fighting an insurgency to impose Shariah, or Islamic law. Chad has contributed soldiers to a regional force battling the militants.