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Chad announces new operation against Boko Haram

'We must defeat terrorism and allow our people to live in peace,' says President Idriss Deby

Felix Tih   | 30.03.2020
Chad announces new operation against Boko Haram

ANKARA 

Chad has launched a new anti-terror operation in the Lake Chad region against Boko Haram.

''We have launched Colere de Bomo operation. We must defeat terrorism to allow our people and especially those of Lake Chad to live in peace," President Idriss Deby tweeted on Sunday.

''This is the whole meaning of the fight that our valiant soldiers are waging," he added.

The announcement came a few days after Boko Haram killed 98 Chadian soldiers in Boma in the country's western province of Lac, bordering Niger and Nigeria.

Deby had promised that the death of the soldiers ''will not go unpunished''.

Military forces from Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger have been struggling to root out Boko Haram from the Lake Chad Region for more than five years.

In 2015, a Boko Haram faction pledged allegiance to ISIS/Daesh.

The violence by Boko Haram has affected some 26 million people in the Lake Chad region and displaced 2.6 million others, according to the UN Refugee Agency.



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