Boko Haram militants attacked a Chadian army position in Bouhama, near Kaigakindjitia, in the Lake Chad area, around midnight (local time) on Sunday, March 14, killing seven Chadian soldiers and wounding 15 others. A Chadian military spokesman claimed that 63 Boko Haram militants were killed during the attack and that additional security operations are underway in the area.
Similar Boko Haram attacks targeting Chadian military forces are possible near Lake Chad over the near term.
Although the regional counterinsurgency effort against Boko Haram that began in 2015 - led by West African states Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger - has greatly diminished the extent of their effective territorial control, the group continues to routinely carry out deadly terrorist attacks. Boko Haram's stronghold is in northeastern Nigeria, where the majority of its activities are concentrated.
Individuals in Chad, especially in the Lake Chad area, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, limit time in areas deemed particularly likely to be targeted in a terrorist attack (e.g. crowded markets, etc.), and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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