Troops Kill Over 280 Boko Haram Fighters
Counter-terrorism operations have been intensified in the north eastern part of Nigeria in the past one week, resulting in the killing of over 280 members of Boko Haram militants.
The Nigerien Defence Ministry gave the figures in a statement on Wednesday.
While troops battle the insurgents on ground, the Nigerian Air Force are also engaging in air strikes.
Boko Haram has attacked Niger, Chad and Cameroon from its base in northeast Nigeria, where it has been fighting for more than nine years to carve out an Islamist caliphate and also end Western education in the North East region.
Niger’s Defence Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that the army mounted a sweep operation against the group last Friday along the south-eastern Komadugu River, which separates Niger Republic from Nigeria.
More than 200 militants were “neutralised” by air strikes and 87 were killed by Nigerien troops on the ground, it said.
In June 2016, more than 30 Nigerien soldiers were killed during a Boko Haram attack on the town of Bosso, prompting Chad to send 2,000 troops to help its West African neighbour counter the militants.
Those troops were withdrawn in October 2017, raising concern about security in the Diffa region.
Attacks on troops in Nigeria's Borno State by the terrorists have occurred several times in the past one month, the latest being that of Baga that resulted in the death of a naval officer, and other deaths of military officials that unconfirmed reports claimed.
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