Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Boko Haram terrorist attacks in Chad and Nigeria
On March 23, large groups of fighters of the Boko Haram terrorist organisation attacked Chadian government troops on the island of Boma on Lake Chad, killing 92 and wounding 47 military personnel. The extremists’ resistance was only suppressed after hours of fierce fighting, and further efforts are being made to rout the surviving terrorists. President of Chad Idriss Deby Itno has declared three days of national mourning.
Later the same day, Boko Haram fighters ambushed the Nigerian military, killing 47 and wounding 15 of them near the village of Gorigi in the north-eastern region of Borno. The Nigerian troops were on a mopping-up and fighting patrol as part of the antiterrorist operation Lafiya Dole. The terrorists and their equipment have been destroyed in an air raid by the Nigerian Air Force.
The intensity of Boko Haram attacks remains very high. The latest attacks on Chadian and Nigerian soldiers were among the largest, providing evidence of the extremist organisation’s huge combat capability.
Moscow resolutely condemns the terrorists’ criminal attacks aimed at destabilising Nigeria and Chad. We express our deep condolences to the victims’ families and friends.