Chadian forces in ‘major’ hunt for Boko Haram on Lake Chad

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N’DJAMENA: The Chadian army has launched a “major operation” to flush out Boko Haram jihadists from islands in Lake Chad, sparking violent clashes on Monday between soldiers and the Islamic State-affiliated group. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will, meanwhile, travel to neighboring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on combating the regional threat posed by the extremist group, whose six-year insurgency has claimed 13,000 lives and caused about 1.5 million people to flee their homes. The four countries bordering the lake¬—Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger—set up a military coalition against Boko Haram early this year headquartered in the Chadian capital N’Djamena.

AFP

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