Niger, Chad attack Boko Haram after IS pledge of allegiance


NIAMEY: Niger and Chad on Sunday (Monday in Manila) launched major ground and air strikes in northeast Nigeria against Boko Haram, after the militants formally pledged allegiance to the Islamic state group in Syria and Iraq. The attacks, which follow a sustained build-up of troops in southern Niger, opens up a new front in regional efforts to wipe out the Islamist group, whose six-year insurgency has spread across borders. “Very early this morning, troops from Niger and Chad began an offensive against Boko Haram in the area of Bosso and near to Diffa,” a Niger government source in Niamey told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity.



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