N’DJAMENA (AFP) – Nigeria-based Boko Haram militants on Friday carried out their first attack inside Chad, killing five people in an early morning strike on a village and military camp on the shores of Lake Chad, a security source told AFP.
The pre-dawn attack left four civilians and one soldier dead and most of the village of Ngouboua torched before the militants were pushed back, the source said on condition of anonymity.
The attackers struck after crossing the lake from Baga, Nigeria to Ngouboua in Chad in large canoes.
Two-thirds of Ngouboua, where around 7,000 Nigerian refugees have sought refuge from the militants attacks, was torched in the onslaught.
Chadian military aircraft carried out airstrikes against the militants, destroying their vessels, the security source added.
Boko Haram has carried out several cross-border attacks on neighbours of Nigeria who have launched a regional operation to combat the group.