Twenty-four Chadian soldiers were killed in an attack by terrorists in the troubled Lake Chad region, a senior local official said Thursday.

Iran PressAfrica: Army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna confirmed that an attack had taken place at Tchoukou Telia, an island 190 kilometers (118 miles) northwest of the capital N'Djamena.

‘Troops from a returning patrol were resting when they were attacked by Boko Haram’ on Wednesday, the region’s deputy prefect, Haki Djiddi, said.

‘Twenty-four troops were killed, several were wounded and others have scattered into the countryside.’

Boko Haram and a rival splinter group, the Islamic State West Africa Province, have been using the region for years as a haven from which to attack troops and civilians. 

According to UN figures, more than 36,000 people, most of them in Nigeria, have died and three million have fled their homes.

The Boko Haram terrorist group took up arms in 2009 with the aim of establishing itself in northern Nigeria and expanded its attacks to Niger, Chad and northern Cameroon.

With the inability of the governments to counter the Boko Haram terrorist group, especially Nigeria, the war against the Boko Haram terrorist group has turned into a war of attrition. 219

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