12/21/2019 Chad (International Christian Concern) – On Tuesday, December 17, suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the village of Kaiga in Western Chad. The village lies about 35 miles from the Chad-Nigeria border, putting it within the area of operations of the terrorist group. During the attack, it is reported that the terrorists started with a small group, and then brought in reinforcements as the attack continued. By the end of it, 14 Chadians were killed, 5 were injured and another 13 people are still missing. This means that this attack could likely end in the deaths of more than 30 people.
Boko Haram has been increasing it activities in the three border countries with Nigeria. These include Niger, Cameroon, and Chad. Due to the increased attacks, a multinational coalition has been started to try and tackle the terrorist group. Despite this concerted effort by all four nations, the group continues to grow in strength and capability. They have regained much of the strength they had lost between 2015 and 2017.
The lake chad region of West Africa is crucial to Boko Haram’s goals as they continue to try and establish a Caliphate. It provides many resources including food and water. It is also host to many people who are vulnerable to attack by the group and can be recruited. Finally, it is a good stronghold for the group as none of the four countries have a strong military presence there. This area, including the Sambisa forest must be taken from the group if these governments hope to stop the continuing terrorism.
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