Chadian Defence Minister Bissa Ichara confirmed on 14 October that several hundred troops had left Niger’s southeastern Diffa region and had been sent to Wour on Chad’s northern border with Libya.
He denied it was a withdrawal from Niger, stressing the troops had been redeployed to a different border within the framework of the regional G5-Sahel counter-terrorism force. The Diffa area has been subjected to an ongoing insurgency by militants of Nigeria-based Jamaat Ahl al-Sunnah li-Dawa wal-Jihad (widely known as Boko Haram) since 2015. In June 2016, Chad sent 2,000 troops to the region following an attack on the town of Bosso in which 32 soldiers were killed and at least 60 wounded.
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