1,000 Boko Haram fighters killed in Chad during week of fighting

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Chadian Army soldiers drive to Bandikao as they conduct a rescue mission on November 13, 2006 in Bandikao Village, 90 Km south of Goz Beida, Chad. According to Human Rights Watch, in 2003 fighting broke out between ethnic Muro Africans and Arab nomads using primitive weapons such as bow and arrows; three years later the Arabs are wearing khaki uniforms and using assault rifles, though it is unclear by whom they have been armed. Five men were killed by arabs on November 4 outside Bandikao village, which is part of a confederation of eight villages that has a self defense force. The people from the village pursued the attackers and were ambushed and massacred. As a result of the battle forty five people were killed and forty-one were wounded leaving the dead and injured behind due to lack of transport and due to the security situation. On November 13 the Chadian army decided to send a rescue team to evacuate the injured. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Chadian soldiers sit with guns on a vehicle as they drive in Bangui April 4, 2014. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Chad says its soldiers have killed some 1,000 jihadists in an operation on the islands of Lake Chad that targeted Boko Haram fighters, AP has reported.

This, after more than 92 Chadian soldiers were killed last month by Boko Haram, in one of the deadliest attack on the nation’s forces.

According to the army spokesman Col. Azem Bermandoa, 52 soldiers were also killed and 196 others wounded during the eight days of fighting. The operation cleared the extremists from the islands in a vast area between Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon.

Boko Haram extremists have killed tens of thousands and forced millions from their homes during their more than decade-long insurgency.

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