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Chad Troops Have Entered Nigeria To Join The Battle Against Boko Haram

By Mojisola Olatubora
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February 4, 2015
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chadThe Chadian soldiers had amassed along the border with Cameroon before entering Nigeria

Armoured vehicles and infantry crossed a bridge from Cameroon following air strikes and mortar attacks on Boko Haram positions, officials say.

Fighting focused on the key north-eastern town of Gamboru, Nigerian security spokesman Mike Omeri said.

Chad’s deepening involvement shows how the conflict with Boko Haram is taking a regional dimension.

Last week, Chadian troops reportedly moved into Malumfatori, a Nigerian town which lies near the borders of Chad and Niger, after a ground and air assault against the militants.

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Chadian forces have also massed near the town of Diffa in Niger, Reuters news agency quotes military sources in Niger as saying.

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Chad has carried out air strikes from Cameroon

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has threatened to create a caliphate, incorporating parts of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

The African Union has responded by backing plans to establish a 7,500-strong regional force to fight the group.

The Chadian contingent of about 2,000 troops crossed the frontier without a shot being fired, AFP news agency reports from the scene.

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The militants destroyed Gamboru’s market during an assault last year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source/BBC

Photo/AFP

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