Chadian Soldiers Kill 19 Suspected Boko Haram Islamist Militants

Chadian forces killed 19 suspected Boko Haram militants in clashes on the shores of Lake Chad that also left a soldier dead, army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa said.

The insurgents began the attack on Friday morning, triggering a battle with security forces, Bermandoa said by phone. He declined to provide further details.

Chad, Niger and Cameroon have joined 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.

Since Thursday, multiple suicide bombings by the militants in northeast Nigeria targeting groups preparing to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan have left more than 60 people dead.