Presidency says at the very least 10 troopers killed, however media studies recommend the quantity could also be a lot increased.
No less than 10 Chadian troopers have been killed and others wounded when Boko Haram attacked a army unit in western Chad on Tuesday, the federal government has stated, however media studies recommend the fatalities could also be a lot increased.
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 parts from the Boko Haram sect,” presidential spokesman Brah Mahamat stated 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, stated “about 30” troops had been killed and the attackers had made off with their gear, together with heavy weapons. He stated 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 a number of other are lacking. RFI stated at the very least 4 civilians have been additionally killed.
The Boko Haram armed rebellion, which erupted in northeast Nigeria in 2009, has killed tens of 1000’s of individuals – greater than 350,000 by some counts – and compelled hundreds of thousands to flee their properties.
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 cut 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 in opposition to rebels within the north of the nation.
In a go to to the Lake Chad area earlier this month, Deby stated the armed spiritual fighters “now not have the power to hit bases” and in consequence have been concentrating their assaults on the civilian inhabitants.
In June, a four-nation power arrange by the Lake Chad international locations in 1994 and reactivated in 2015 stated 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, stated the newest assault “confirms that the shadowy Boko Haram nonetheless has an energetic 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 approach.”
Nevertheless it stated Chad additionally “calls on the worldwide neighborhood to be totally conscious of this real menace and to behave appropriately.”
The federal government has pledged to greater than double the scale of its military by the top of 2022 to cope with safety challenges, together with threats from fighters linked to al-Qaeda and the ISIL (ISIS) group.