5 Niger sol­diers killed in clash with Boko Haram

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

Thirty mem­bers of Boko Haram and five Nige­rien sol­diers have been killed in fight­ing in the south­east­ern Diffa re­gion of Niger, the de­fense min­istry said in a state­ment late on Tues­day.

The clash took place Mon­day near the vil­lage of Toumour, near Lake Chad and the Nige­rian bor­der, an area that has been plagued by vi­o­lence from the Is­lamist mil­i­tant group and is un­der an ex­tended state of emer­gency.

Boko Haram took the town of Bosso in June, in the worst at­tack since April 2015 that killed 32 sol­diers in Niger. Since then, Chad has sent troops to help Niger wage a coun­ter­at­tack.

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