Chadian military helicopters have targeted the positions of Takfiri Boko Haram terrorists in the northeastern Nigerian border town of Gambaru. Two military helicopters pounded Boko Haram targets for about two hours on Sunday in the Nigerian town of Gamboru, which is also located near the Cameroonian border. “Through these air strikes, we aim to neutralize the enemy to pave the way for Gamboru to be liberated,” said a Chadian army officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, on Sunday. Chadian forces had already struck Gamboru in a raid targeting Boko Haram militants on Saturday, according to Chadian and Cameroonian officials.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden,” controls large parts of northeastern Nigeria and says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government. It has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly shooting attacks and bombings in various parts of Nigeria since the beginning of its operations in 2009, which have left over 13,000 people dead and 1.5 million displaced. Boko Haram has also conducted terrorist attacks in Nigeria’s neighboring countries, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.
Meanwhile, Chadian and Cameroonian troops, travelling in armored vehicles, gathered in the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, across the border from Gamboru, on Sunday. Fotokol and its surroundings were the scene of clashes between Chadian soldiers and Boko Haram militants on January 29 and 30. According to Chad’s military, four of its soldiers and 123 Boko Haram militants were killed during the two-day clashes in the Cameroonian town. On January 18, Chadian soldiers were deployed to join neighboring Cameroon to help fight Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants.