More than 50 Boko Haram fighters were killed in an attack on the Multinational Joint Task Force in northeastern Nigeria. The altercation came after the militants attempted to attack the MNJTF base at Cross Kauwa in the Lake Chad area of Borno state.
The MNJTF launched Operation Yancin Tafki on February 21, and more than 500 Chadian soldiers have entered Nigeria to battle the insurgents. MNJTF spokesperson, Colonel Timothy Antigha has said the cross-border operation is aimed at “making islands and other settlements in Lake Chad untenable for Boko Haram Terrorists.
Chadian forces have recovered a vehicle equipped with a heavy weapon and several small arms. The Islamic State West Africa Province faction of Boko Haram is the dominant insurgent group in the Lake Chad area.
The attack comes in as many days as close to a hundred Boko Haram terrorists were killed in two separate occasions by Nigerian and Chadian troops in operations against the violent jihadists.