More than 50 dead in clashes with Boko Haram

The Nigerian army is fighting Boko Haram

The Nigerian army is fighting Boko Haram

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At least 48 'Islamists' and eight soldiers from Chad have been killed in the region near Lake Chad, in clashes with 'Jihadists' from Boko Haram

"Boko Haram terrorists attacked this morning the position of the defense forces in the locality of Kaiga Kindji," informed the army spokesman, in N'Djamena, the capital of the country.

The army spokesman added that the attack was "vigorously repelled" and that eight people were killed and 11 wounded among Chadian soldiers and 48 are dead on the attackers' side.

Although Chad is less affected by the 'Jihadist' group than its neighbor Nigeria, there has recently been an increase in violence by the extremist group Boko Haram in that country.

In early October, the Boko Haram group launched a mortar attack on a military camp in Litri, located four kilometers from the border with Nigeria, in the Lake Chad region, which resulted in the death of a soldier from Chad. At the end of September, six people, including two soldiers, were killed in an attack on the shores of Lake Chad by Boko Haram, who lost 17 Jihadists killed by the army.

The Chadian army, a mixed multinational force (MMF), which gathers sub-region forces and vigilance committees, is attempting to dispel the Boko Haram's 'Jihadists' who began their advance in Chad in 2015.

Boko Haram, which is native from Nigeria, operates in all the countries of Lake Chad, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, where it perpetrates attacks against the police and kidnappings.