Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Chadian troops enter Nigeria to battle Boko Haram

Chadian troops have crossed into northeastern Nigerian town of Gambaru to launch a ground offensive for the first time against Boko Haram insurgents who control the town bordering Cameroon.

Meanwhile Defence spokesman, General Chris Olukolade has denied that the presence of foreign troops on Nigerian soil compromised the country's sovereignty.

"Nigeria's territorial integrity remains intact," he said, claiming national forces had "planned and are driving the present onslaught against terrorists from all fronts in Nigeria, not the Chadian forces".

Chad's ground intervention reflects the growing nervousness among Nigeria's neighbours over the prospect of Boko Haram achieving its aim of carving out an Islamic caliphate on their borders.

Chadian forces have also taken up position close to Boko Haram strongholds along Nigeria's border with Niger.

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