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US News Chad claims to have got rid of Boko Haram

02:25  07 april  2020
02:25  07 april  2020 Source:   challenges.fr

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Dozens of Boko Haram fighters thought killed by Niger and Chadian forces after attacks on Bosso and Diffa, near Nigerian border. Many terrorists said to have drowned in Lake Chad after Nigerian air force bombarded their positions to clear way for troops to enter.

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There is "no longer a single element of Boko Haram in Chadian territory", said The Chadian government spokesman told AFP on Monday, confirming President Idriss Déby Itno's message less than two weeks after the launch of an offensive against the jihadist group.

"Over the entire island area, there is not a single jihadist," said the president this weekend from the Lac province, where he went in mid-March to lead a response after a Boko Haram attack on the Bohoma peninsula. A hundred Chadian soldiers were then killed.

The Chadian authorities give no details on the troops deployed or on the number of Boko Haram members killed or arrested.

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More than 200 Boko Haram militants have been killed by Chadian troops in the Nigerian towns of Gambaru There was no independent confirmation of its claim . Boko Haram fighters also attacked the town of Chad has deployed 2,500 troops as part of a regional crackdown on the militant group

View CNN's Fast Facts on Boko Haram and learn more about the militant Islamic group based in Nigeria, whose purpose is to institute Sharia, or Islamic law.

"We are in the process of cross-checking information from different operating sites before giving an assessment," justified the minister of the commission and spokesman for the government of Chad, Oumar Yaya Hissein.

According to the president, the jihadists still free "entered either in Niger, or in Nigeria, or in Cameroon".

The members of Boko Haram therefore left the cloud of islets scattered over Lake Chad, a vast expanse of swampy water on the border of the four countries.

President Déby does not hide his frustration with his three neighbors, with whom Chad has been fighting Boko Haram since 2015 in the Multinational Joint Force (MNJTF).

"Chad alone is able to bear the brunt of the war against Boko Haram (...) I met the FMM commander and asked him to take over," he said.

Despite the triumphant tone of the Chadian government, the International Crisis Group (ICG) considers that the fight against Boko Haram is "far from over".

With 6,000 soldiers deployed in the Lake Chad area before the attack in mid-March, "the Chadian authorities only benefit from limited room for maneuver to reinforce these manpower", writes ICG in a comment.

The jihadist group Boko Haram, born in 2009 in Nigeria, had intensified its attacks in the lake area in recent months, pushing Chad to redeploy in January 1,200 of its soldiers, integrated in the FMM, who had passed from Nigerian territory to Chadian soil.

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