A landmine laid by suspected jihadists struck a vehicle conveying troops in western Chad, killing at least eight officers with many others wounded.
According to security sources, the blast occurred on Wednesday at Kalam in the Lake Chad region, which has been recently attacked by jihadists crossing from neighbouring Nigeria.
A Chadian military source said one of the fatalities was a commander in the gendarmerie, adding that exchanges of gunfire broke out later Wednesday between troops and jihadists in Bakaram, in the same region.
In March, Chad’s armed forces suffered their biggest single-day loss, when 98 soldiers were massacred in their base at Bohoma.
In response, President Idriss Deby launched a three-day offensive, in which he said thousands of jihadists were killed. He also declared at the end of the operation that that there was “not a single jihadist left” in the Lake Chad region.