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Chad Soldiers reported that earlier today, Clashes between Chadian troops and Boko Haram fighters during a raid in neighbouring Nigeria have killed 200 Islamists and nine soldiers.
Chad said Wednesday it inflicted heavy losses on Nigeria’s Boko Haram, killing “over 200″ Islamist militants in a border town that it wrested from the rebels in a ground offensive.
Nine Chadian soldiers were also killed and 21 injured Tuesday in Gamboru as regional forces took the fight against the insurgents on to Nigerian soil for the first time, the Chadian army said.
“This toll is provisional,” the Chadian military said in a statement, adding that troops were still combing the town on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon for lingering rebel elements.
Around 2,000 Chadian troops backed by armoured vehicles poured across the border into Gamboru on Tuesday after the African Union last week backed a regional force to take on the extremists.
The sound of automatic gunfire could heard Wednesday in the town, which has been abandoned by residents after a barrage of air strikes by Chad in the run-up to its offensive, an AFP journalist reported.