About 10 Chadian soldiers have been killed fighting Boko Haram militants in Nigeria’s north-east region.
The Chadian solders died during a major cross-border offensive against the Boko Haram terrorist group by troops from Chad and Niger, a Chadian officer said on Monday.
Reuters reports that the officer, who asked not to be named, also confirmed reports from Niger sources that the joint offensive had freed the border town of Malam Fatouri and Damasak, some 10 km (6 miles) further to the south, which had been previously held by the Boko Haram.
Offensives against the Boko Haram sect had heightened after Nigeria’s election was shifted by six weeks to enable the military reclaim some communities in the north-east and enable residents take part in the elections that will now hold on March 28 and April 11.
Not fewer than 36 communities have been recovered from the terrorist group since the onslaught against them increased.