Nine Chadian soldiers were killed and 16 wounded after being ambushed by Boko Haram fighters in north-eastern Nigeria, the Chadian army said yesterday
A military spokesman said fighting took place on Wednesday about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the town of Malam Fatori, which Niger said was retaken by regional forces fighting the Islamist radicals earlier this week.
“Elements of the Chad-Niger military alliance were killed in a pocket of resistance,” Colonel Azem Bermandoa Agouna said.
“After heavy fighting, the armed forces of Chad and Niger totally cleaned up the zone,” the spokesman added.
The allied troops killed “more than 100” members of Boko Haram, the ruthless sect that had killed at least 13,000 people since it launched an insurgency in the north-east in 2009.
Large quantities of equipment were also seized by the soldiers.
When the joint force took Malam Fatori on Tuesday, they were unopposed because Boko Haram fighters had gone, but some of the Islamists remained in the vicinity, Agouna said.
A violent skirmish took place on Wednesday between Malam Fatori and the border town of Bosso in Niger, a high-ranking officer in Niger’s army reported at the time, giving no further details.
He said Niger’s army was due to release casualty figures.