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March 27, 2015
Regional troops retake Nigerian town from Boko Haram
Niamey (AFP) March 26, 2015
Chad and Niger troops have recaptured the northeastern Nigerian town of Gachagar from Boko Haram, as part of a regional offensive to combat the Islamist insurgents, Niger's defence minister said on Thursday. The operation in Gachagar, a town near Nigeria's border with Niger, was carried out over the past few days and involved "air and ground bombardments", Defence Minister Mahamadou Karidjo said. He said there were "a few skirmishes" with the militants but did not give details of any casualties ... read more

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