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Chad, Cameroon Launch Strike on Boko Haram in Nigerian Border Town

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Chad launched air strikes against a Nigerian border town held by Boko Haram, as it prepares an advance against the group together with Cameroon.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon - Sputnik International
UN Chief Welcomes African Union's Focus on Boko Haram Threat
MOSCOW, January 31 (Sputnik) — Chadian jets bombed the Nigerian town of Gamboru on Saturday in a raid on Boko Haram, security officials told AFP.

Gamboru is across the border from the Cameroonian town of Fokotol, where Cameroonian and Chadian forces are joining up to attack Boko Haram, Cameroonian officials told the agency.

Earlier on Saturday, African leaders meeting for the African Union' Peace and Security Council, which endorsed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, AP reported.

Image taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network - Sputnik International
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On Friday, three soldiers and 123 Boko Haram militants were killed as the Chadian military began an operation against the group, Chadian military officials told AFP.

Boko Haram is a militant group, which aims at establishing an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Large swathes of land in the Borno State, as well as in neighboring Adamawa and Yobe are believed to be under control of the Islamists. The Boko Haram insurgency has left over 13,000 people dead since 2009.

The Nigerian army launched an operation against the group in 2013, but the effort has stalled, although a national security advisor previously told BBC the country doesn't believe that there is a need for help from UN or African Union troops. Boko Haram continue attacking targets within the country as it prepares for national elections on February 14.

Maiduguri residents gather on September 16, 2014 around an armored personnel carrier (APC) recovered by the army from Boko Haram insurgents in Konduga - Sputnik International
Boko Haram Onslaught Continues, Despite Army Resistance
In October 2014, the leaders of Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon announced plans to step up the fight against Boko Haram with an additional battalion and a command center to tackle the group, and Chad began its operation in mid-January. Chad is considered impacted by this conflict not only because it is harmed by Boko Haram, but also because it faces a dire humanitarian situation as refugees flee to the country as Boko Haram's influence spreads in Nigeria.

On January 4, Boko Haram militants captured the town of Baga in Borno State, reportedly killing hundreds. "The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous," Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for a local defense group that fights militants, told the Associated Press. Reports emerged that approximately 2,000 people, mostly women, children and the elderly, were killed, according to Amnesty International.

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