Regional troops, Boko Haram clash near Lake Chad - Nigeria

2016-09-21 15:09
File: AP

File: AP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kano - Nigeria's military on Wednesday said regional troops had recaptured a town on the shores of Lake Chad from Boko Haram, but the Islamists claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties.

Army spokesman Sani Usman said its troops and counterparts from the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) had "captured Malam Fatori... after a fierce battle" backed by air support.

But "the terrorists reinforced around (the) border with Niger... while the troops were consolidating on this success", he added in an emailed statement.

Several Boko Haram fighters were killed, said Usman, without specifying a number.

Malam Fatori, in Borno state, was liberated in March last year as part of a regional counter-offensive against the Islamists, who had captured swathes of territory in northeast Nigeria in 2014.

But fighters from Boko Haram, which is affiliated to the Islamic State (ISIS) group and now calls itself Islamic State West Africa Province, reoccupied the town after troops left.

Insecurity 

The MNJTF is made up of soldiers from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin.

Northern Borno state, which is near the border with Niger, is inaccessible because of insecurity, with Boko Haram pushed into areas in and around Lake Chad by the military offensive.

There have been an increasing number of attacks in southeast Niger in recent weeks, an indication the rebels have re-grouped and switched focus.

Boko Haram claimed its fighters, which it dubbed "the cavalry of the caliphate", attacked the regional force.

"This offensive led to the death of more than 40 soldiers and left tens of others injured," it said in a statement posted on social media.

There was no way of verifying either the military or the insurgents' claims.

Last month, the ISIS high command designated Abu Musab al-Barnawi as Boko Haram leader, replacing Abubakar Shekau. Shekau, however, has maintained he is still in charge.

Barnawi has criticised Shekau for his indiscriminate killing of civilians, most of them fellow Muslims.

Security analysts have said the split could indicate a shift in focus by the pro-Barnawi faction away from targeting crowded marketplaces and mosques to hitting military and government targets.

Read more on:    nigeria  |  chad  |  west africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.