In a joint military attack, Chadian and Nigerien forces have recaptured Damasak, a Nigerian town in the northeastern region of the country, from Boko Haram militants who have been wreaking havoc in the area. The Islamist group has held Damasak, near the border with Niger, since November. This is just one day after Chad and Niger announced they would join together in the fight against Boko Haram and other Islamic extremist groups in the area.
According to military officials, around 10 Chadian forces and 200 Boko Haram militants were killed. Reports on other casualties have yet to be released.
Boko Haram has been battling to take over northern Nigeria to advance the Islamic state since 2009. Just a few days ago, dozens were killed in Maiduguri, Nigeria after suicide bombers laid waste to a market area. In recent months, the fighting has spilled over into the neighboring countries of Niger and Cameroon. Thus, Chad and Niger agreed to launch a joint strike force in Nigeria to help drive back Boko Haram.
By Alex Lemieux
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