Major General Lucky Irabor the Commander of Multinational Join Task Force in Ndjamena Chad said he lost about 22 soldiers in the course of prosecuting the war against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Region.
He said about 75 soldiers were also wounded in the series of operations that were resisted heavily by Boko Haram fighters using land mines and suicide bombs.
Despite these casualties the commander said a total of 59 Boko Haram fighters were killed while 5 Amirs of the group were apprehended alive in the last 3 weeks.
General Irabor said many civilians would have been attacked which would have resulted in loss of lives had the troops of MNJTF not killed 3 suicide bombers and also demobilized 3 vehicles loaded with explosives.
According to a statement issued by military spokesman Colonel Timothy Antigha the commander acknowledged the complex nature of prosecuting the war against Boko Haram saying it can only succeed if information is shared between soldiers and the civil populace.