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Lake Chad: Landmine Kills 13 Chadian Soldiers

Chadian soldiers on patrol in the volatile Lake Chad province encountered landmines buried by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Wednesday.

Thirteen soldiers were killed and several injured, According to local news sources.

The soldiers were part of a convoy of three army vehicles on patrol in the area.

According to AFP One of the fatalities of the mine incident in Kalam located five kilometres from the Nigerian border was a commander in the Gendarmerie,

AFP also reported that Chadian troops exchanged gunfire with Jihadists in Bakaram, in the same region.

President Deby launched an offensive against Boko Haram in March, after an attack by the group killed 98 soldiers in their base at Bohoma, on the banks of Lake Chad.

In neighbouring Nigeria, ISWAP ambushed soldiers on Tuesday at Bulabulin in Damboa Local government Area, Borno State. At least twenty-three soldiers were killed and two injured in the ambush, according to multiple accounts.

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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  1. This is the byproduct of years of neglect of the armed forces of Nigeria, low moral, the wrong weapons, inadequate training in this kind of warfare, their families at home living in poverty, relatives in IDP Camps, and the Government Fat Cats getting richer, and they have allowed the fundamentalists to rest and regroup for the last 2 years now the ordinary soldier and civilian is going to pay the price in blood

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