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Niger, Chad renew fight against Boko Haram, launch offensive

  • Troops from Niger and Chad have launched a major offensive against the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram.

    The ground and air campaign, which is taking place in the border region of Niger and Nigeria, comes after Boko Haram pledged its allegiance to Islamic State.

    Residents in the border areas reported hearing fighter planes and artillery fire as the troops pressed against the Islamist fighters.

    Nigeria and its neighboring countries recently launched an offensive against the militants in Borno state.

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