Boko Haram jihadists killed at least 10 civilians and kidnapped seven others in an attack on a village in the troubled Lake Chad region on Friday, an army officer and a local official said.
“At around 3 am (0200 GMT), Boko Haram fighters attacked the village of Tenana and killed two women and eight men,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“They kidnapped seven men, as well as looted and burned the village before retreating,” he added.
Lake Chad, a marshy region dotted with islands near the Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon border, has been hit by jihadist attacks crossing from Nigeria.
A local prefect, Yacoub Mahamat Seitchimi, confirmed the attack, saying he sent a deputy prefect and a police chief to the village to “sympathize with the bereaved families.”
“These are the disgruntled local children who prey on their own parents,” he said, referring to Boko Haram’s recruitment in the area.
The Boko Haram insurgency, launched in northeast Nigeria in 2009, killed more than 36,000 people and displaced more than two million from their homes.
Since then, the violence has spread to Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
In March, the Chadian armed forces suffered their greatest loss in a single day, when 98 soldiers were massacred at their base in Bohoma, on the shores of Lake Chad.
In response, President Idriss Deby launched an offensive from March 31 to April 3, declaring at the end that “there was not a single jihadist” left in the Lake Chad region.
But sporadic violence has continued, with an attack attributed to Boko Haram in an army vehicle earlier this month that killed eight Chadian soldiers.