Boko Haram fighters overpower multinational force in attack at Nigeria-Chad border

January 5, 2015 8:31 AM

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BAUCHI, Nigeria – Boko Haram Islamic extremists have overpowered a multinational military force and seized its key base on Nigeria's border with Chad, according to residents who took to canoes to escape.

Scores of soldiers and civilians were killed, while others drowned in Lake Chad, Nigerians taking refuge in a Chadian village said in cell phone calls Sunday night. They said insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and automatic assault rifles and hurled explosives.

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