A large-scale jihadist terrorist attack in Chad, at least 92 soldiers were killed
N’DJAMENA, (BM) – At least 92 troops were killed in an attack by militants of the Boko Haram group in western Chad, France Presse reports referring to the country’s president, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The militants attacked in the area of Lake Chad on the border with Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon.
“We have lost 92 of our military personnel, sergeants and officers … We have suffered such great losses for the first time,” said President of the Republic Idriss Debi Itno.
In Nigeria, the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, also known as the West African Province of the Islamic State, operates. Her militants oppose the Western model of education and push for the introduction of Sharia throughout the country.
The group stands behind most of the attacks regularly committed in response to the military campaign against it carried out by Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
Boko Haram jihadist terrorist organization
The Islamic State in West Africa or Islamic State’s West Africa Province formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād and commonly known as Boko Haram is a jihadist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon.
2019 saw the further decline of Boko Haram and the loss of much of the territory it once reportedly controlled.
Founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2002, the group has been led by Abubakar Shekau since 2009. When Boko Haram first formed, their actions were nonviolent. Their main goal was to purify Islam in northern Nigeria.
Since March 2015, the group has been aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Since the current insurgency started in 2009, Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands and displaced 2.3 million from their homes and was at one time the world’s deadliest terror group according to the Global Terrorism Index.
After its founding in 2002, Boko Haram’s increasing radicalisation led to the suppression operation by the Nigerian military forces and the summary execution of its leader Mohammed Yusuf in July 2009.
Its unexpected resurgence, following a mass prison break in September 2010, was accompanied by increasingly sophisticated attacks, initially against soft targets, but progressing in 2011 to include suicide bombings of police buildings and the United Nations office in Abuja.
The government’s establishment of a state of emergency at the beginning of 2012, extended in the following year to cover the entire northeast of Nigeria, led to an increase in both security force abuses and militant attacks.
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