It has been reported that at least 92 Chadian soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram jihadists, while another 47 were critically wounded, in an attack which can be described as the deadliest attack on the Chadian Military by the Jihadists.
Boko Haram has been carrying out operations in the Sahel region of West Africa and focused on creating a caliphate that would encompass the North-east of Nigeria and regions inside of Chad, Niger, and Cameroon. These four nations have been fighting Boko Haram for almost a decade, with little victories on the side of the various governments, especially that of Nigeria.
The Chadian soldiers were ambushed on the Island of Moma, in the Lake Chad area, on Monday, 23rd of March. The Island village shares borders with Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria.
Reports have it that the Jihadists who keep swelling in number and ammunition surrounded the Chadian troops and decimated them for seven hours, using all sorts of machine guns and bombs. 24 vehicles belonging to the Chadian troops were destroyed, and after their siege and attack, the Boko haram fighters looted the army and carried away weapons and ammunitions in speedboats.
In a statement, the Chadian President, Idriss Deby, was shocked, and said: “I have taken part in many operations… But never in our history have we lost so many men at one time.”
This statement comes on the backdrop of the fact that Chad has been very effective in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents. Although the country has a small military, it still ranks as one of the most skilled and battle-hardened fighting forces in the Sahel region. Chad has been a great ally to the USA and France in the fight against terrorism in Africa.
In 2013, when the French were driving al-Qaeda out of Northern Mali, it was the Chadian military who did the work on the ground with thousands of their troops. The Chadian president has also been successful in many other military offensives against Islamic jihadists in the Lake Chad Basin, where Nigeria, a much richer and larger nation, has failed woefully.
The end to the atrocities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the Sahel region is not in sight, as there are many factors that embolden their Jihadist campaign – one of which is the lip service that the Nigerian government and army are paying to the fight of the Boko Haram.
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