Boko Haram kills at least 40

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Boko Haram mil­i­tants crossed Nige­ria’s bor­der and at­tacked two towns in neigh­bor­ing Niger, burn­ing homes and killing at least 40 peo­ple, a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said.

It is the Nige­ria-based Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group’s latest strike in a neigh­bor­ing coun­try that has joined the Nige­rian mil­i­tary’s at­tempt to quash the group. Author­i­ties in Chad this week blamed the group for two sui­cide bomb­ings in the cap­i­tal that killed at least 33 peo­ple.

Yak­ouba Soumana Gaoh, gover­nor of Niger’s Diffa re­gion, said the army was hunt­ing those re­spon­si­ble for the vi­o­lence in the towns of Lamana and Ngoumawa.

“The at­tack­ers looted stores, burned vil­lages and shot at peo­ple who tried to flee,” he said.

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