Apr 10, 2020 11:20 UTC
  • Chad army says 52 troops, 1,000 Takfiri terrorists killed in offensive

The Chadian army said Thursday it had wound up an offensive against Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists in the Lake Chad border region in which 52 troops and 1,000 terrorists were killed.

According to Press TV, Chad's army Spokesman Colonel Azem Bermendoa Agouna said that the operation, launched after nearly 100 soldiers were killed last month, ended Wednesday after the Nigerian militants were forced out of the country.

"A thousand terrorists have been killed, 50 motorized canoes have been destroyed," he said, referring to a large boat also called a pirogue.

It is the first official snapshot of the outcome of Operation Bohoma Anger, launched after Chad's armed forces suffered their biggest one-day loss in their history.

Lake Chad is a vast, marshy body of water where the borders of Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon meet.

The western shores of the lake have been hit by the Takfiri militants crossing from northeastern Nigeria, where Boko Haram launched a bloody campaign of violence in 2009.

On March 23, the Takfiri terrorists mounted a deadly seven-hour assault on a Chadian army base at Bohoma, killing at least 98 troops, according to an official toll.

Chad declared departments near the lake "a war zone" in order to give the military free rein for the offensive.

The four countries bordering the lake on 2015 set up a formation called the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), also including Benin, to fight Boko Haram.