Boko Haram Islamist terrorists attacked the village of Kaiga in Western Chad last week, killing 14 and injuring five others. 13 Chadians are missing after the assault.
The village lies about 35 miles from the Chad-Nigeria border. During the attack, terrorists reportedly started with a small group, and then brought in reinforcements as the offensive continued.
International Christian Concern reports:
Boko Haram has been increasing it activities in the three border countries with Nigeria. These include Niger, Cameroon, and Chad. Due to the increased attacks, a multinational coalition has been started to try and tackle the terrorist group. Despite this concerted effort by all four nations, the group continues to grow in strength and capability. They have regained much of the strength they had lost between 2015 and 2017.
The lake chad region of West Africa is crucial to Boko Haram's goals as they continue to try and establish a Caliphate. It provides many resources including food and water. It is also host to many people who are vulnerable to attack by the group and can be recruited. Finally, it is a good stronghold for the group as none of the four countries have a strong military presence there.