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Chadian Forces Kill 117 Islamist Militants in Clashes in Nigeria

Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 07:15 AM

Chadian forces killed at least 117 fighters from the Islamist militant Boko Haram group in clashes in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, the army said.

At least two Chadian soldiers died in the fighting in Dikwa, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, according to a statement by the Chadian military broadcast on state radio Wednesday in the capital, N'Djamena.

Chad is intervening in northeastern Nigeria to force Boko Haram out of towns it holds as part of a self-declared caliphate. Boko Haram, which roughly translates as "western education is a sin," killed more than 4,700 people, mainly in the north, last year, double the number who died in 2013, according to estimates from Bath, U.K.-based risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.

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