Presidency says not less than 10 troopers killed, however media stories recommend the quantity could also be a lot greater.
Not less than 10 Chadian troopers have been killed and others wounded when Boko Haram attacked a navy unit in western Chad on Tuesday, the federal government has mentioned, however media stories recommend the fatalities could also be a lot greater.
The assault occurred close to Ngouboua within the Lake Chad space, an enormous marshy area shared by Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria that has been battered by Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) armed group.
The unit had been despatched to assist arrange an advance place on Bouka-Toullorom island when it was “attacked by components from the Boko Haram sect,” presidential spokesman Brah Mahamat mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday.
“The ten or so lifeless, and the wounded, are members of the defence forces.”
However a military officer, talking to the AFP information company on situation of anonymity, mentioned “about 30” troops had been killed and the attackers had made off with their tools, together with heavy weapons. He mentioned 150 troops had been despatched to Bouka-Toullorom on the orders of President Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno they usually had solely simply taken up place on the island.
French state media Radio France Internationale (RFI) additionally reported that “between 20 to 40 Chadian troopers have been killed” and several other are lacking. RFI mentioned not less than 4 civilians have been additionally killed.
The Boko Haram armed rebellion, which erupted in northeast Nigeria in 2009, has killed tens of hundreds of individuals – greater than 350,000 by some counts – and compelled hundreds of thousands to flee their houses.
In 2014, Boko Haram seized islands within the marshland and started utilizing them as boltholes. In 2020, most of those islands have been taken over by ISWAP, which had break up from Boko Haram.
Since April 2021, Chad has been dominated since by 38-year-old Normal Deby. He took over after his father, President Idriss Deby Itno, who dominated with an iron fist for 30 years, died throughout an operation towards rebels within the north of the nation.
In a go to to the Lake Chad area earlier this month, Deby mentioned the armed spiritual fighters “not have the energy to hit bases” and consequently have been concentrating their assaults on the civilian inhabitants.
In June, a four-nation drive arrange by the Lake Chad international locations in 1994 and reactivated in 2015 mentioned it had carried out a two-month marketing campaign that had killed greater than 800 armed fighters.
Earlier than Tuesday, the final assault within the space was in August, when two troops died.
The Chadian military’s largest one-day loss was when Boko Haram killed 92 troopers and wounded 47 extra in March 2020.
Mahamat, in his assertion, mentioned the newest assault “confirms that the shadowy Boko Haram nonetheless has an lively presence within the Lake Chad basin.”
The assertion reiterated Chad’s “agency dedication to placing terrorism in Chad and the sub-region out of hurt’s means.”
But it surely mentioned Chad additionally “calls on the worldwide group to be totally conscious of this real menace and to behave appropriately.”
The federal government has pledged to greater than double the dimensions of its military by the tip of 2022 to cope with safety challenges, together with threats from fighters linked to al-Qaeda and the ISIL (ISIS) group.