Chadian soldiers claimed to have killed 1,000 fighters during an operation against armed Boko Haram groups in the Lake Chad border region.
Military spokesman Colonel Azem Aguna told AFP that 52 soldiers had been killed during the operation, which began on March 31.
“Thousands of terrorists were killed and 50 motorized canoes destroyed,” said the colonel, referring to a large ship, also called a cake.
Aguna said the operation, which began after nearly 100 soldiers were killed in an attack on Boko Haram last month, ended Wednesday after armed fighters were driven out of the country.
This is the first official photograph of Operation Boom Anger, which began after at least 92 soldiers were killed in Boko Haram’s deadliest attack on the country’s armed forces on March 23. The armed group launched a seven-hour attack on Chadian troops in Bochoma.
Ahmed Idris from Al Jazeera, Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, said: “The country is trying to help regional and other regional forces in a group called the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to finally defeat Boko Haram .”
“A similar operation took palce five years ago in 2015, where the population of Boko Haram was reduced. Since then, they have regrouped, attacked and killed several thousand, and regional troops in the Lake Chad region experienced problems in overcoming the problem. Resolve,” added Idris.
Lake Chad is a large and swampy body of water where the borders of Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon meet.
The west bank of the lake is influenced by armed fighters who crossed northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram launched a bloody 2009 violence campaign.
“Take all the weight”
Chad declared the Lake District unit a “war zone” to provide a free military knot for the offensive.
The four countries bordering the lake will establish MNJTF in 2015, including Benin, to fight Boko Haram.
But Chad, whose armed forces occupy a relatively high position in the Sahel region, has shown dissatisfaction with the MNJTF after losing Bochoma.
“Chad himself bore the brunt of the war against Boko Haram,” President Idris Debbie said last weekend.
“It is unclear whether this will be the end or the beginning of the end of Boko Haram in the region. Many experts believe that it will be very difficult to say that Boko Haram has or will soon be defeated because it is an ideology. The company has been based in Nigeria for more than a decade and has switched to its neighbors, “added Idris Al Jazeera.
Independent from Niger, the Defense Ministry’s Niamey said the armed forces had inflicted “heavy losses” on maritime territory in a joint operation with Chad Boko Haram.
“Weapons, logistical points and several ships were destroyed,” and the islands which served as bases in the lake swamps were “bombed by air,” he said.
Undetected Niger was the target of attacks by armed groups in the opposite part of the country – fighting that flew from neighboring Mali and attacks by Boko Haram fighters in the Lake Chad area.
Boko Haram’s eleven-year campaign claimed tens of thousands of lives in northeast Nigeria and drove nearly two million people out of their homes.