Chad reports 117 Boko Haram militants killed in two-week military operation

By AT editor - 1 August 2015 at 8:11 am

On Thursday, Chad reported that its forces had killed 117 Boko Haram militants in the past two-weeks during an operation aimed at attacking the Islamist group who were using islands of Lake Chad as hideouts and bases by which to launch attacks.

Chad, along with its neighbours, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon, have deployed around 8,500 troops to fight Boko Haram and suppress the attacks against their nations.

Colonel Azem Bermandoa, spokesman for the Chadian army, said “we killed 117 Boko Haram fighters during the two-week operation. We lost two men and several wounded.”

“We destroyed their boats and seized various weapons during the operation,” he added.

A  vote was also held on Thursday by the 148-member parliament which unanimously reinstated the death penalty for acts of terrorism after only being abolished six months ago.

The BBC reported that opposition and civil liberties groups have criticised the new legislation saying that it could be utilised to control certain civil rights in the country.

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