5 Nigerien soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

At least five Nigerien soldiers were killed and six others injured in an attack by Boko Haram terrorist group in Niger's Bosso commune, which is situated in the southeast region near the border with Nigeria, an official source said Wednesday.

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The tragedy occurred on Monday when the soldiers who were on patrol were ambushed by the fighters of the Nigerian terror group.

In a counter attack, the Nigerien forces killed 30 terrorists, captured two others and recovered a large cache of weapons, the source said.

A mop-up operation is underway in the region to flush out all remaining Boko Haram fighters.

In the same locality, two soldiers were killed on Sept. 8 while on a patrol, after their vehicle stepped on an “improvised explosive device.”

For the last two years, Bosso commune has been the theater of deadly attacks carried out by this terrorist sect from its positions in neighbouring Nigeria, leaving hundreds of civilians and soldiers dead and thousands others displaced in Niger and Nigeria.

However, a major offensive launched against the sect towards the end of July, through a multinational force comprised of troops from Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon, has weakened the terror group and led to recapturing of some of its strongholds along the Niger-Nigeria border. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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