The Chad army said it killed around 1,000 Boko Haram fighters during a ten-day anti-terrorist operation. Army spokesman Azem Bermendoa Agouna said Thursday that 52 soldiers had died in the fighting against the Islamist terrorist militia in the Lake Chad region.
The sea area borders the northeast of Nigeria as well as the Niger and Cameroon. As in Chad, Boko Haram has been terrorizing the population in these countries for years with raids and attacks. The extremists’ goal is to strictly interpret Islamic law, Sharia law.
Since 2009, more than 20,000 people have been killed in attacks by the group, around 2.5 million people have fled the violence. Agouna said the army offensive was retaliation after Boko Haram killed more than 90 Chadian soldiers on March 23.