Boko Haram Islamists have attacked a Chadian village abutting Lake Chad. The attack which occurred early today involved the Jihadists using motorboats to cross Lake Chad – from their Nigerian strongholds into Chad – and then attacking Ngouboua village and killing an unspecified number of people. At the time of the attack, Ngouboua was accommodating over 3,000 Nigerian refugees who had escaped Boko Haram attack on Baga last month.
Over 70 percent of the village was razed to the ground by the terrorists and the village chief was also killed before the Chadian air force used its assets to destroy the maritime resources of the terrorists thus exposing the jihadists to direct fire from a Chadian ground offensive. At the moment, the Chadian military has successfully dislodged the terrorists from the village and the surrounding environs.
Intelligence sources report that about 30 terrorists participated in the attack and about a dozen people have been killed though there is still no official confirmation about these figures. This attack has displaced Chadian villagers and also forced Nigerian refugees to move deeper into Chad in order to escape from Boko Haram.
In North-Eastern Nigeria, the jihadists managed to kill over 20 people yesterday in two separate but coordinated attacks on Akida and Mbuta villages. Both villages are located close to Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno State; and the attack saw most of the villages razed to the ground. The islamists also dispatched a female suicide bomber to Biu where she detonated her explosives at the central market thus killing over a dozen people and injuring over 20 others. Biu is located south of Maiduguri.
The boko haram insurgency has created over 3.2 million refugees and the current gradual expansion of the terrirtorial range of the insurgency risks displacing many more people.