Boko Haram kills at least 40
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.