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Boko Haram Killings Reported in Chad for First Time

A Boko Haram flag near the border between Nigeria and Cameroon.

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A murderous Friday attack by Boko Haram terrorists on a village in the country of Chad is “the first known lethal attack in that country by the Nigerian militant group,” Reuters says:

Dozens of militants arrived by motorized canoe at the fishing village on the shores of Lake Chad early in the morning, setting houses ablaze and attacking a police station.

“They came on board three pirogues and succeeded in killing about ten people before being pushed back by the army,” said a resident of the village of Ngouboua, about 20 km (12 miles) east of the Nigerian border, to which thousands of Nigerian refugees had fled in early January after an attack on the town of Baga.

Boko Haram has been increasingly active in border areas in recent months, drawing forces from Chad and Cameroon into battle. Here’s the layout of those countries (Lake Chad is at the top of the map):

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At least 31 people were killed by terror attacks in Nigeria proper this week, and a planned election—in which ineffective president Goodluck Jonathan’s main challenger is former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari—has been postponed by six weeks. (Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, writing in the Atlantic, called the postponement “a flailing act of desperation from an incumbent terrified of losing.”)