The President of Chad, Idriss Déby on Saturday claimed victory over the terrorist group, Boko Haram saying their bases have been completely destroyed.
Chad destroyed five bases of the Boko Haram in response to an attack on a military base on March 23 that killed 98 Chadian soldiers.
Deby said last month that the soldiers were attacked on the island village of Boma in the swampy Lake Chad zone in the west of the country.
The village is an area armies of Chad, Nigeria and Niger often camp to fight the Islamist militants.
The latest destruction to the Boko Haram bases located in Niger and Nigeria was part of “Operation Boma’s Wrath,” according to Chad’s presidency.
The government however said operations against the terror group would continue without pause.
On Saturday, President Déby said “I went down this morning (Saturday) to Kaiga-Kindjinria.
No element of Boko haram is present in the islands of Lake Chad. Congratulations to our Defense and Security Forces who have cleaned up the entire island area.”
J’ai effectué une descente ce matin à Kaiga-Kindjinria. Aucun élément de Boko haram n’est présent dans les îles du Lac Tchad. Bravo à nos Forces de Défense et de Sécurité qui ont nettoyé toute la zone insulaire. pic.twitter.com/NHea4InPhD
— Idriss Deby Itno (@IdrissDebyI) April 4, 2020
Since Boko Haram launched its bloody insurgency in 2009 in northeastern Nigeria more than 30,000 people have been killed and nearly 3 million displaced.
Boko Haram’s activities have extended beyond Nigeria to other countries within the Lake Chad Basin covering Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
These countries continue to struggle to completely defeat the terror group and often suffer deadly attacks from the group.