5 Niger soldiers killed in clash with Boko Haram
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.