ABUJA: The joint forces of Chad and Niger have launched a joint military operation against Boko Haram insurgents after their merger with ISIL militants.
According to International media, the Niger government said the two countries had launched a “ground and air” operation against Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.
The offensive marks Niger’s first major push into Nigerian territory to combat Boko Haram. It had until now only defended itself against incursions in border areas.
African Union already has approved the force of more than 8,000 soldiers to fight Boko Haram fighters.
According to Chad military spokesperson, the Boko Haram insurgents are being targeted in Borno State of Nigeria. Meanwhile, Boko Haram insurgents pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).