Chad forces seize northeast Nigerian town

2015-03-04 08:05
Armoured vehicles of the Chadian army at a position in Fotokol, Cameroon. (Stephane Yas, AFP)

Armoured vehicles of the Chadian army at a position in Fotokol, Cameroon. (Stephane Yas, AFP)

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Maiduguri - Military reports and witnesses say hundreds of people have been killed as troops from Chad seized the Nigerian town of Dikwa from Boko Haram extremists while Nigerian soldiers fought off a separate attack miles outside the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria.

Chad spokesperson Colonel Azem Bermandoua said Boko Haram left hundreds of people dead in Dikwa on Monday before fleeing Chadian forces. He said one Chadian soldier was killed and 34 were injured.

The United Nations said 16 000 Nigerians fled the fighting into Cameroon.

A Nigerian soldier said Nigerian troops repelled an attack on Monday on Konduga town.

Konduga has been attacked many times because it is 35km from Maiduguri, the biggest northeastern city and the birthplace of Boko Haram.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  chad  |  nigeria  |  west africa

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