Chad, Niger troops eject Boko Haram from Nigerian towns

March 9, 2015 1:04 PM

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Chad, Niger troops eject Boko Haram from Nigerian towns

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Troops from Chad and Niger have freed two towns in northern Nigeria previously held by Boko Haram militants, the first gains made in a joint offensive launched at the weekend, Niger military sources said on Monday.

About 30 Nigerien and Chadian soldiers were injured in fighting over Malam Fatouri and Damasak, a day after thousands of troops crossed the border to retake areas held by the Sunni Islamist group, whose insurgency has forced Nigeria to delay an election and neighbors to mobilize their armies.

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