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Government officials, soldier killed in Boko Haram attack on Lake Chad island

Six people were killed, including four government officials and a soldier, in Boko Haram attack on a Chadian army checkpoint on an island in Lake Chad, a military source told AFP on Sunday.

The overnight killings, which cost the life of a civilian along with two customs officials, two forestry agents and the soldier, occurred when “Boko Haram elements attacked an advanced post of the Chad army” in Gabalami in the country’s far west, the source said.

The attackers were “repelled” but managed to escape without suffering losses, the source added.

A militant movement opposed to Western influence and seeking an Islamic state, Boko Haram has caused the deaths of at least 20,000 people since it took up arms in Nigeria in 2009.

Neighbouring Chad has seen a recent increase in attacks by the group.

Last month, Chad’s national television reported that three of the country’s soldiers had been killed during a clash with the jihadists, without giving the location.

It came as fighting took place between Boko Haram and Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) soldiers in Arge in Nigeria’s Abadam district, which is on the Chad border.

The MNJTF includes forces from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria and fights Boko Haram and Islamic State – West Africa province in the Lake Chad region.

A Chadian soldier, as well as 20 Boko Haram members, were killed in another clash in late March in the restive Lake Chad region.

Two more soldiers were killed in an ambush in the same area a month earlier, in the first Boko Haram attack on Chadian soil since May 2017, in which nine soldiers died.

On May 2, the United States formally handed over to Chad two Cessna C-208B light reconnaissance aircraft intended to help its forces fight the insurgency. Africom told The Defense Post that Cameroon has also received two C-208s.


With reporting from AFP

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