Chadian aircraft on Saturday bombed the Nigerian town of
Gamboru in a
raid targeting Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, security sources
A raid was carried out around midday by two fighter jets on
the town in Nigeria’s far northeast along the Cameroon border, sources
from Chad and Cameroon said on condition of anonymity.
overran the town several months ago as part of its campaign to seize
territory in the region and create an Islamic state.
Haram uprising has become a regional crisis, with the four directly
affected countries — Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria — agreeing to
boost cooperation to contain the threat.
Nigeria’s military said
on Thursday that its fighter jets had bombed the northeast town of Malam
Fatori, also controlled by Boko Haram.
Witnesses and some media
reports said troops and airforce planes from Chad were also involved in
that operation on Nigerian soil but Abuja neither confirmed nor denied
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday gave his
backing to an African Union proposal to set up a regional five-nation
force of 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram.