Soldiers from Chad, Niger enter Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

200 vehicles with soldiers from Chad, Niger cross border into Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

A Chadian general confirmed Monday that military forces from Chad and Niger have gone into northeast Nigeria to attack Boko Haram.

Gen. Zakaria Ngobongue told the Associated Press in Chad that the troop movement marks a second front in northeast Nigeria against the extremist Islamic group. Soldiers opened the first front recently.

A local resident said Monday that hundreds of troops from Chad and Niger had crossed the border into Nigeria. Adam Boukarna, who is from Bosso in southeast Niger, said he watched about 200 military vehicles cross into northeast Nigeria.

He said the deployment started Saturday and was followed by loud detonations, signaling heavy combat with Boko Haram forces.

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3:22 a.m.: This article has been updated to include confirmation from a Chadian general concerning the deployment of forces against Boko Haram. 

This article was originally published at 2:12 a.m.