18 killed in Boko Haram attack in Chad: military source

Soldiers and police forces stand guard at a market in N'Djamena following a suicide bomb attack. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 22 July 2018
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18 killed in Boko Haram attack in Chad: military source

  • 18 people killed in an attack by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region
  • Chad, Cameroon and Niger have all joined the military effort by Nigeria to crush Boko Haram

N’DJAMENA: Eighteen people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the Lake Chad region, a Chadian military source said Sunday.
“Boko Haram elements attacked a village south of Daboua,” not far from Chad’s border with Niger, at around 9:00 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Thursday, the military source said.
The assailants “cut the throats of 18 people, wounded two others and kidnapped 10 women.”
Boko Haram’s militant insurgency has devastated the region since it took up arms in 2009 in Nigeria, leaving at least 20,000 people dead, displacing more than two million others and triggering a humanitarian crisis.
Chad, Cameroon and Niger have all joined the military effort by Nigeria to crush Boko Haram. Chad has seen a recent increase in attacks by the group.
In May, six people were killed, including four government officials and a soldier, in a Boko Haram attack on a Chadian army checkpoint on an island in Lake Chad.
Niger’s army said Saturday it killed “10 terrorists” after one of its military positions in the southwest of the country was attacked by Boko Haram.
Meanwhile in northeast Nigeria, the military said troops killed “scores” of Boko Haram fighters in Yobe state on Saturday afternoon.
Army spokesman Col. Onyema Nwachukwu said the militants had been intending to attack and loot the market in the town of Babangida when they ambushed troops.
“Sadly, while fighting through the ambush, the troops recorded some casualties,” he added, without specifying numbers.
Babangida is near the Geidam area where on July 14 fighters thought to belong to the Boko Haram faction led by Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi overran a military base housing hundreds of troops.
Al-Barnawi is backed by Daesh.
Scores of troops were feared dead in the attack in the village of Jilli but the military has said no soldier lost his life.
Twenty-four hours earlier, Nigerian troops were ambushed in the Bama area of Borno state. Both attacks have raised questions about claims that the militants are virtually defeated.
Taken with the attacks in Chad and Niger, there will be fears about a renewed campaign in the Lake Chad region and the strength of the IS-backed Boko Haram faction.
The self-styled Daesh West Africa Province has previously attacked “hard” military and government targets.
It has distanced itself from long-time leader Abubakar Shekau, whose supporters have been behind indiscriminate violence toward civilians, particularly using suicide bombers.


Kanye West meets Uganda’s president, gifts pair of sneakers

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Kanye West meets Uganda’s president, gifts pair of sneakers

  • Museveni said he and the American rapper held “fruitful discussions”
  • Uganda’s presidency released photos of a hoodie-wearing West meeting Museveni at the State House and exchanging gifts

KAMPALA, Uganda: Kanye West has met with Uganda’s president during a visit to the East African nation and given the 74-year-old leader a pair of white sneakers.
President Yoweri Museveni said he and the American rapper held “fruitful discussions” on Monday about promoting tourism and arts.
West and his wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, have been vacationing in a national park in Uganda. He is said to be recording music in a tent.
Uganda’s presidency released photos of a hoodie-wearing West meeting Museveni at the State House and exchanging gifts.
While excited tourism officials see the visit as an endorsement of the country’s tourism potential, some Ugandans wryly pointed out that Museveni cracked down on hoodies earlier this year when he announced that motorcycle riders could no longer wear them in a bid to fight rising crime.
The president, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has been at the center of unrest in recent weeks as Uganda’s large youth population increasingly expresses frustration over unemployment and accuses Museveni of being out of touch.
Uganda’s government has been criticized over its treatment of a local pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker, Bobi Wine, who alleges torture by security forces. The government denies it.