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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 18 August 2018

18 killed in Boko Haram attack in Chad

The extremists also kidnapped 10 women

A Niger soldier guards with his weapon pointed towards the border with neighbouring Nigeria, near the town of Diffa, Niger, on June 21, 2016. Reuters
A Niger soldier guards with his weapon pointed towards the border with neighbouring Nigeria, near the town of Diffa, Niger, on June 21, 2016. Reuters

Eighteen people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram extremists in the Lake Chad region, a Chadian military source said on Sunday.

"Boko Haram elements attacked a village south of Daboua," not far from Chad's border with Niger, at around 9pm (local time) on Thursday, the military source said.

The assailants "cut the throats of 18 people, wounded two others and kidnapped 10 women".

Boko Haram's insurgency has devastated the region since it took up arms in 2009 in Nigeria, leaving at least 20,000 people dead, displacing more than two million others and triggering a humanitarian crisis.

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Chad, Cameroon and Niger have all joined the military effort by Nigeria to crush Boko Haram.

Chad has seen a recent increase in attacks by the group.

In May, six people were killed, including four government officials and a soldier, in a Boko Haram attack on a Chadian army checkpoint on an island in Lake Chad.

Niger's army said Saturday it killed "ten terrorists" after one of its military positions in the southwest of the country was attacked by Boko Haram.

"In the night from Thursday to Friday, the military station of Baroua was attacked by the terrorist group Boko Haram," Niger's defence ministry said in a statement.

According to a preliminary toll, one army soldier was killed and two others injured

"On the enemy's side, 10 terrorists were killed," the statement added.

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