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Boko Haram attack kills 92 soldiers in Chad

BOKO HARAM jihadists from Nigeria killed at least 92 Chadian soldiers in a seven-hour onslaught on a military base in the border area on Monday.

A military source said the militants had destroyed 24 vehicles and took caches of weapons, making their escape by speedboat.

Visiting the site on Tuesday Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno said: “We lost 92 of our soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers. It’s the first time we have lost so many men.

A senior military official said: “The enemy has hit at our defences hard in this zone.”

Boko Haram’s campaign in Nigeria has killed more than 30,000 people and displaced about 2.5 million since 2009. The jihadists have been trying to overthrow the Nigerian government since 2009.

The Isis-affiliated group has escalated its attacks on the Lake Chad region in recent months, targeting a multinational joint task force there consisting of soldiers from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin that has been deployed to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

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