Boko Haram militants kill 92 Chadian soldiers

Above, soldiers of the Chad Army during one of their missions on January 3, 2020. The Boko Haram insurgency, which erupted in northeast Nigeria in 2009, has killed more than 30,000 people. ( (AFP file photo)
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Updated 25 March 2020

Boko Haram militants kill 92 Chadian soldiers

  • The soldiers were attacked on Monday on the island village of Boma in the swampy Lake Chad zone
  • Boko Haram insurgency, which erupted in northeast Nigeria in 2009, has killed more than 30,000 people

N’DJAMENA: Boko Haram militants killed 92 Chadian soldiers and wounded 47 more in the deadliest attack ever on the country’s military, President Idriss Deby said late on Tuesday.
The soldiers were attacked on Monday on the island village of Boma in the swampy Lake Chad zone in the west of the country, where the armies of Chad, Nigeria and Niger have been fighting the Islamist militants for years.
“I have taken part in many operations ... but never in our history have we lost so many men at one time,” Deby said during a visit to the site on Tuesday.
Footage on state TV showed Deby, who has ruled Chad since 1990 and survived several rebellions and coup attempts, walking among the charred remains of burned-out vehicles.
The Boko Haram insurgency, which erupted in northeast Nigeria in 2009, has killed more than 30,000 people and forced about 2 million to leave their homes.
Further afield in Mali, Burkina Faso and western Niger, Al-Qaeda and Daesh-linked militants are expanding their presence and have killed hundreds of troops over the last six months.


Philippines allows non-essential foreign travel for nationals

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Philippines allows non-essential foreign travel for nationals

  • Government gradually eases restrictions on international and domestic travel as part of efforts to bolster the economy
MANILA: The Philippines has lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau says the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure.
The government has gradually eased restrictions on international and domestic travel as part of efforts to bolster the economy, which slipped into recession in the second quarter following months of lockdown and quarantine to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Travelers to other countries are required to show confirmed roundtrip tickets, travel and health insurance, a declaration acknowledging the risks of travel and trip delays and a medical test within 24 hours of departure that clears them of COVID-19.
Aside from tedious pre-departure requirements, many countries still restrict the entry of travelers from nations with high number of coronavirus infections, including the Philippines. The Department of Health has reported more than 360,000 confirmed cases, the second-highest in Southeast Asia, with at least 6,690 deaths.