18 killed in fresh Boko Haram attacks

Eighteen people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad region, according to a Chadian military source.

The source revealed the insurgents attacked a village not far from Chad’s border with Niger around 9:00 pm on Thursday.

“Boko Haram elements attacked a village south of Daboua,”

He also revealed that the group “cut the throats of 18 people, wounded two others and kidnapped 10 women”.

Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon have recently joined forces to combat the menace of the group.

The spate of attacks on Chad has increased over recent period. In May, six people were killed, including four government officials

Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency has devastated the region since it took up arms in 2009 in Nigeria, leaving at least 20,000 people dead, displacing more than two million others and triggering a humanitarian crisis.

On Saturday, the military said troops killed “scores” of Boko Haram fighters in Yobe state, Northeast Nigeria.

The Army spokesperson said: “Sadly, while fighting through the ambush, the troops recorded some casualties,” he added, without specifying numbers.

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