Breaking News: 25 die in Boko Haram raid in Niger

Breaking News: 25 die in Boko Haram raid in Niger

Thursday, November 12, 2015 10:27 am


Chadian General Brahim Seid (R) is welcommed by Nigerien General Seyni Garba (C) at the airport of Diffa, southeastern Niger, on April 3, 2015, near the Nigerian town of Malam Fatori

Chadian General Brahim Seid (R) is welcomed by Nigerien General Seyni Garba (C) at the airport of Diffa, southeastern Niger, on April 3, 2015, near the Nigerian town of Malam Fatori

Around 25 people were killed on Wednesday in a Boko Haram attack on a village in southern Niger and subsequent clashes between the Islamist militants and the army, Niger military officials said.

Fighters from the Nigerian militant group killed five civilians in their initial attack on the village located in  Bosso district.

Niger soldiers drove back the militants, killing around 20 of them, the officers said.

“Reactingly quickly, the government’s forces were able to push them back. Most of the Boko Haram elements have been neutralised,” said one of the officers, based in the Diffa border region.

“The situation is under control and we are carrying out clean-up operations,” he added.

Boko Haram has ramped up cross-border attacks into Niger, Chad and Cameroon from its strongholds in northeastern Nigeria in recent months.

Almost a third of Diffa’s nearly 600,000 inhabitants have been displaced by the violence.

 

 


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