Chad will deploy troops in neighboring
Cameroon to help the country fight Boko Haram militants,
broadening the fight against the Islamist insurgents who have
killed more than 13,000 people in Nigeria.
The central African nation will deploy troops and equipment
to help Cameroonian forces fighting the rebels in the north of
the country, Chadian government spokesman Hassan Sylla Bakari
said in a statement read on state radio in the capital,
N’Djamena. He also urged other countries in the 10-nation
Economic Community of Central African States to support them.
“Chad’s government expresses its solidarity with Cameroon
and is willing to provide active support to the courageous and
determined response of its armed forces against the criminal and
terrorist activities of Boko Haram,” Bakari said.
Boko Haram began a campaign six years ago to impose Islamic
law in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and largest oil
producer. The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, this month
threatened Cmeroonian President Paul Biya in a video posted on
YouTube. Biya sent more than 1,000 troops to the border to fight
Boko Haram after the wife of Deputy Premier Amadou Ali was
captured in July in the north of the country by gunmen suspected
to be members of Boko Haram.
This week, most of the residents of the northern
Cameroonian town of Kolofata were forced to flee after an attack
by Boko Haram. Cameroonian troops killed 143 insurgents in a gun
battle that lasted more than four hours.
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Paul Richardson, Alastair Reed