West African countries join forces to fight Boko Haram

Cameroon, Niger and Chad have again teamed up with Nigeria to fight Boko Haram.

The joint forces claim to have killed scores of militants and forced more than 1, 000 to surrender since the regional offensive began.

The latest collaboration of the four Western African countries in the Chad Basin is called operation deep-punch 2, has been going after both factions of Boko Haram.

One, led by elusive leader, Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa Forest, and the Lake Chad stronghold controlled by Mamman Nur – next in notoriety to Shekau.

So far their most successful operation has been that of last weekend where the military claims 1050 insurgents surrendered after intensive air raid and artillery shelling.

107 insurgents including the wife of a prominent Boko Haram leader were reportedly killed in the operation.

Nigerian military displayed several high calibre weapons and wreckage of military trucks seized and destroyed during the operation.

The weeks before that also saw hundreds of captives were forced to work on Boko Haram farms freed.

They are currently being processed before integration in to the communities in the north east.

It’s not the first time all the 4 countries in the Chad Basin united against Boko Haram.

Although Boko Haram is mostly concentrated in the north east of Nigeria, they frequently make bloody incursions all the other countries in the Chad Basin.

Previous operations have only faltered after eradicating Boko Haram, in most cases lack of funding was blamed failings of regional front.

This latest regional effort is only coming to light but details like who is financing it and definition of mandate remains unknown.