Chad troops repel Boko Haram attack in Nigeria town
Iran Press TV
Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:13PM
Chadian troops, positioned in a town on Nigeria's border with Cameroon, have repelled an attack by the Boko Haram Takfiri militants.
The militants attacked the Chadian forces stationed in Gamboru before dawn on Wednesday but the assault was repulsed.
"The Boko Haram elements wanted to surprise us by attacking at about 4:00 a.m. (0300 GMT). We were aware about it from the day before and were prepared," said a Chadian military source.
"They arrived with 14 vehicles and two armored vehicles. We repulsed them and they retreated," the source said, adding, "A helicopter was brought in to join the pursuit and destroy them."
The Chadian troops are deployed in the town as part of a regional battle force against the terrorists.
Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Benin have pledged to create an 8,700-strong force to fight the militancy.
According to AFP, the worsening militancy has killed at least 13,000 people and rendered more than a million others homeless since 2009.
Nigeria's National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki said on February 9 that an underway multilateral offensive against Boko Haram will root out the Takfiri group within six weeks.
The official said, "All known Boko Haram camps will be taken out. They won't be there. They will be dismantled."
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