Dozens of Boko Haram fighters killed in south Niger

Two soldiers were lightly wounded in the action and on the enemy side; thirty-eight terrorists killed, Niger defense ministry stated

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Thirty-eight Boko Haram extremist fighters have been killed during military search operations carried out by Niger and Chad troops in the Diffa region of southeast Niger this week, an official said Friday.

Two soldiers were lightly wounded in the action and “on the enemy side; 38 terrorists killed,” Niger defense ministry spokesman Moustapha Ledru said on state television.

“The joint army operations took place between Monday and Wednesday around the villages of Gueskerou and Toumour in southeastern Niger” Colonel Ledru said. According to villagers and NGO workers in Gueskerou, 30 kilometres from Diffa, Boko Haram elements attacked the town on Wednesday night, without killing anyone.

“The attack nonetheless caused a psychosis in the population” and “the assailants torched houses and stole food and medicines after pillaging shops and a pharmacy,” an NGO official told AFP.

Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead in Nigeria and border areas of neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, and made more than 2.6 million homeless.

In late July this year a multinational force, drawn from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, was formed to tackle the extremist insurgents and clear them out of towns and villages.

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