Troops in Nigeria Boko Haram fight

Published: Monday 9th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Two hundred vehicles carrying soldiers from Chad and Niger have been seen crossing the border into Nigeria to fight Islamic extremists, a resident in a Niger village has said.

Adam Boukarna, a resident of Bosso, close to Nigeria’s north-east border, said today that vehicles have been crossing since Saturday.

He said that after they had all entered Nigeria, loud detonations could be heard, signalling fighting against Boko Haram members.

Nigeria’s neighbours are forming a multinational army to confront Boko Haram.

Niger’s government has not publicly confirmed the ground assault. A Chadian military spokesman also declined to comment.

Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising has killed about 12,000 people in the nearly six-year-old Islamic uprising in north-eastern Nigeria.

Cameroon’s defence minister, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o, confirmed there was an offensive by Nigeria and Chad but that Cameroon’s military was not present because they have been asked to protect Cameroon’s borders from the militants.

Boko Haram members have been hiding themselves and supplies in Cameroon, and there are fears that the group may want to escape there when fighting intensifies in Nigeria, he said.

Residents in potential conflict zones in Cameroon have been asked to leave, he added.

Published: Monday 9th March 2015 by The News Editor

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