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Mon Sep 26 21:05:05 SAST 2016

Regional troops, Boko Haram clash near Lake Chad: Nigeria

AFP | 21 September, 2016 12:24
Nigerian soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized. File photo
Image by: REUTERS FILE PHOTO / REUTERS

Nigeria's military on Wednesday said regional troops had recaptured a town on the shores of Lake Chad from Boko Haram, but the Islamists claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties.

Army spokesman Sani Usman said its troops and counterparts from the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) had "captured Malam Fatori... after a fierce battle" backed by air support.

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