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Chad, Niger forces kill 123 Boko Haram in crackdown

By on October 2, 2016

A joint military operation between Chad and Niger has killed 123 Boko Haram militants since July and recovereda significant quantity of weapons, Niger’s Defence Ministry said on Friday.

Allied Chadian-Nigerien forces launched an offensive against the Islamists after a surprise attack in Niger which killed 30 of the country’s troops in early June, its ever deadliest attack.

Boko Haram is waging a guerrilla war to establish a breakaway Islamic caliphate around the Lake Chad region, where Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad meet.

Ledru said a parallel offensive involving Nigerian forces had recaptured four towns from the Islamists, whose insurgency has killed thousands and displaced 2.4 million.

The U.N humanitarian coordinator for the region on Friday said that tens of thousands of people are dying of hunger as a result of insecurity which has prevented farmers from tilling the lands in the region.

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