Fears for civilians in Chad after army suffers devastating Boko Haram attack

Local communities flee as boundaries with Lake Chad become a war zone following ambush in which almost 100 soldiers died

The Chadian army that lost nearly 100 soldiers to a Boko Haram ambush a week ago has declared the Lake Chad borderlands a war zone, heightening fears that civilians will suffer an escalation in violence.

President Idriss Déby travelled to the region to announce the Wrath of Boma operation, named after the island where Boko Haram launched a seven-hour assault that Déby said was the worst the country’s military had ever suffered.

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