Chadian forces killed at least 117 Boko Haram fighters over the past two weeks in an offensive against the Islamist militants on islands in Lake Chad, the army said.
Two Chadian soldiers died and “several” were injured in the operation, army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa said on state radio Thursday in the capital, N’Djamena. An unspecified number of boats used by Boko Haram were destroyed and weapons seized, he said.
Chad, Niger and Cameroon are part of a multinational force to counter the growing threat that Boko Haram poses in the region. The group’s home ground is northeastern Nigeria, where it has killed thousands of people in a six-year campaign to establish Shariah, or Islamic law.