15 soldiers, 2 civilians wounded as troops kill 57 Boko Haram members

15 soldiers, 2 civilians wounded as troops kill 57 Boko Haram members

- Niger security forces killed 57 members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram who attacked a village in southeastern Diffa region

- The defence ministry said fifteen soldiers and two civilians were wounded during the attack by heavily armed men in Gueskerou village

- A Toyota pick-up was recovered along with a 60 mm mortar, two rocket propelled grenade launchers, five machine guns, 20 AK-47s and a lot of ammunition

Niger forces kill 57 members of Boko Haram: defence ministry

Niger security forces killed 57 members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram who attacked a village in the southeastern Diffa region overnight, the defence ministry said in a statement.

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The ministry said fifteen soldiers and two civilians were wounded during the attack by heavily armed men in Gueskerou village, which is around 30 km (22 miles) northeast of Diffa town.

The defence ministry said that among the enemy there were 57 terrorists killed, a Toyota pick-up recovered along with a 60 mm mortar, two rocket propelled grenade launchers, five machine guns, 20 AK-47s and a lot of ammunition.

The report could not be independently confirmed.

Boko Haram has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in Nigeria.

A regional force that includes troops from Niger has retaken much of its territory in the last two years.

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In recent years its attacks have spilled into neighbouring Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

Survivors from Boko Haram attack will always remember what they went through because of the insurgents. NAIJ.com visited the IDP camp near Abuja to see how children are being treated after their horrible experience.

Source: Naij.com

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