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11 Chadian soldiers, 17 insurgents killed in Boko Haram assault

Chad has been an instrumental contributor of troops to an alliance fighting the insurgent group.

By Ed Adamczyk

N'DJAMENA , Chad, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A Boko Haram attack near Africa's Lake Chad killed 17 militants and 11 soldiers, a Chadian military source said.

The assault on the army's position came around 4 a.m. Tuesday, the source said.

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Chad is part of an alliance fighting the radical Muslim and anti-Western group, whose attacks have spread from its base in northeastern Nigeria to neighboring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, each of which border Lake Chad. In an offensive earlier this year, Chadian troops helped Nigeria reclaim territory controlled by the group, which has killed more than 10,000 people since 2009 while attempting to establish an authoritarian Islamic state.

More than 600 teachers in Nigeria have been killed by Boko Haram, and another 19,000 displaced, Nigeria Union of Teachers' president Michael Alogba-Olukoya noted Monday.

Boko Haram has targeted schools for attacks in an effort to dissuade students from participating in Western-style education, notably a 2014 attack on a school in Chibok in which over 200 girls were abducted, the majority of whom remain missing.

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