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Chad says soldiers kill 200 Boko Haram militants

Iran Press TV

Wed Feb 4, 2015 3:14PM

Chad says its troops have inflicted heavy losses on the Boko Haram Takfiri militants in Nigeria, killing more than 200 of its members in a border town.

The Chadian army said on Wednesday that nine soldiers were also killed and 21 others wounded in Tuesday clashes in Gamboru.

Some 2,000 Chadian soldiers along with armored vehicles have entered the town, following a move by the African Union to express support for a regional force to battle Boko Haram.

"We have routed this band of terrorists," said Ahmat Dari, the commander of the Chadian contingent, promising to "hunt them down everywhere."

Amid the offensive in Gamboru, the Cameroonian town of Fotokol on the other side of the border faced a fresh attack by Boko Haram on Wednesday.

Residents of the town, which lies some 500 meters from Gamboru, said Boko Haram massacred people and set fire to a mosque before being driven back by regional forces.

"Boko Haram inflicted so much damage here this morning. They have killed dozens of people," said Umar Babakalli, a resident of Fotokol.

The clashes ended after Cameroonian and Chadian forces that came back from Nigeria to help protect the town repelled the deadly assault.

In late January, the African Union endorsed plans for a 7,500-strong five-nation regional force to take on Boko Haram that has swathes of land in Nigeria's northeast under its control.

The Nigerian army has come under fire for failing to contain the militants, who have stepped up their terror campaign ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on February 14.

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly shooting attacks and bombings in various parts of Nigeria since the beginning of its operations in 2009, which have claimed the lives of thousands of people.

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