Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 18 farmers and kidnapped nine women in western Chad, authorities said. part of a wave of violence that has spread from neighbouring Nigeria across the region.
Governor Mahamat Saleh told Reuters that the attackers came into the village of Mayerom in Lake Chad region after dark on Thursday and slit the farmers’ throats. He said the fighters took nine women and one of the captive had eventuall escaped.
The farmers went beyond the area marked by security services while searching for new land to farm he added. The violence has killed more than 30,000 people and displaced about 2.7 million in Nigeria ,Niger , Cameroon and Chad republics .
Chad, which has not suffered as many attacks as its neighbours, sent 2,000 troops to Niger in 2016 to bolster security after 32 Nigerien soldiers were killed during an assault.
Those troops were withdrawn in October 2017, raising renewed concern about security in the region however Dandal Kura Radio International observed that Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF with Headquarters in Njamina lead by Nigerian troops have been in control of the situations for long .