Chad, Niger launch joint offensive against Boko Haram in Nigeria

March 8, 2015 2:13 PM

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Chad, Niger launch joint offensive against Boko Haram in Nigeria

N'DJAMENA/NIAMEY (Reuters) - Chad and Niger launched a joint army operation against Boko Haram in Nigeria on Sunday, intensifying a regional offensive designed to defeat the Islamic group, military sources said.

It is the first incursion deep into Nigeria by troops from Niger, which have so far only fought Boko Haram in the border area. Chad has already sent troops many kilometers inside northeastern Nigeria and has won territory back from the Sunni jihadist group near the Nigeria-Cameroon border.

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