Chad soldiers killed as Boko Haram loses Nigerian towns




 
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March 9th, 2015  
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By Abdoulaye Massalaki and Madjiasra Nako NIAMEY/N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - About 10 Chadian soldiers died in fighting to take control of two towns in northern Nigeria from Boko Haram, the first gains against the militants in a joint offensive launched with Niger at the weekend, military sources said on Monday. About 30 Nigerian and Chadian soldiers were wounded in the clashes over Malam Fatouri and Damasak, a day after thousands of troops crossed the border to seize areas held by the Sunni Islamist group, whose insurgency has forced Nigeria to delay an election and neighbors to mobilize their armies. "We have kicked the enemy out of these areas and they are now under our control," a Niger military source said. "The troops have taken dozens of Boko Haram elements prisoner," he added.




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