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Chad kills 200 Boko Haram militants in battle for border town

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Andrew V. Pestano
The town of Gamboru lies on the Nigerian side of its border with Cameroon. Graphic courtesy Google Maps
The town of Gamboru lies on the Nigerian side of its border with Cameroon. Graphic courtesy Google Maps

GAMBORU, Nigeria, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- More than 200 Boko Haram militants were killed in a battle against Chad's military the town of Gamboru on the border of Cameroon and Nigeria.

Nine Chadian soldiers were killed and 21 were wounded. Boko Haram killed about 30 people as it fled the battle into Cameroon, which is battling the militants within its borders.

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Chadian jet fighters bombed parts of the town before its troops entered.

The Chadian military said the death toll could rise as the clean-up of the town begins. The town is mostly deserted.

The African Union recently agreed to deploy troops to battle Boko Haram. Chad and Nigeria have been carrying out bombings in the Sambisa forest where the Islamic militants have bases.

Boko Haram was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department in 2013. The militant Islamic group seeks to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria and has ruthlessly targeted civilians. A state of emergency has been declared since May 2013 in the northeastern areas of Nigeria where Boko Haram operates.

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