Chad Says It Repels Two Boko Haram Attacks; 19 Militants Deadby
Chad’s army said it repelled attacks by Islamist militants in the country’s west, in violence that left 19 assailants and four soldiers dead.
Boko Haram fighters attacked a military camp in Kaiga Kinguirya in the Lake Chad region early Sunday, the army’s general staff said in a statement read on national radio. Sixteen militants and four soldiers were killed and 10 troops wounded, it said.
Three suicide-bombers targeted another army post in Bamou, also in the region, with two of them shot dead by troops as they approached, according to the military. The third detonated his explosives and injured 11 civilians, it said, without giving further details.
Chad is part of a multinational force seeking 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 its version of Islamic law.