The suspected 58 Islamists who were rounded up in a Chadian war against Boko Haram were said to be tried by a criminal court from Thursday, Justice Minister Djimet Arabi told AFP.

The President of the country, Idriss Deby Itno, asserted that the militants were chased out of the country in the operation carried out between March 31 and April 8.
An army spokesman from Chad said not less  52 soldiers and 1,000 jihadists were killed during the operation, which was launched after a massive attack on an army base near Lake Chad that claimed the lives of around 100 soldiers.

The president of Chad warned his allies in the region that his army would no longer take part in operations outside the country.

The force, considered one of the best in the region, has fought Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region as part of the Joint Multinational Force with Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger.

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Meanwhile, in another news, jihadists killed five Nigerian security personnel in a gunfight outside Maiduguri, the main city in Borno State, security sources said Wednesday. The state is the restive northeast of the country.

A joint military and police patrol came under fire Tuesday from fighters aligned to the so-called Islamic State group near Buta village, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Maiduguri, security personnel told AFP.

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