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Niger says it killed 33 Boko Haram 'terrorists'

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13 March, 2019 17:40 PM



Niger says it killed 33 Boko Haram 'terrorists'

Soldiers and policemen stand at the gate of the state headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on March 10, 2019. Photo: AFP

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Niger said Wednesday it had killed 33 Boko Haram "terrorists" and seized vehicles and weapons in an operation in the Lake Chad region in the country's southeast.

"Offensive actions carried out on Tuesday inflicted heavy losses on the enemy," a Defense Ministry statement read on state television said.

"Thirty-three terrorists (were) killed" while there were no losses on the army's side, it said.

They destroyed an "armoured vehicle", while two other vehicles, two motorcycles, a 120-millimetre mortar, 10 AK-47 assault rifles, two 60mm shells and 3,736 rounds of all calibres were seized, it said.

The operation began on Saturday; it said — a day after seven police and 38 jihadists were killed near Gueskerou in the southeastern region of Diffa, according to a government toll.

 

Diffa borders the birthplace of Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria and has suffered a string of cross-border raids and population displacement.

They have killed about 27,000 people and 2 million others displaced since Boko Haram launched its insurgency in 2009.

Lake Chad, which straddles parts of Niger, Nigeria and Chad, has borne the brunt of the militants' hit-and-run attacks.

In November, around they took a dozen girls in raids on several border villages, while they killed seven local employees of a French drilling firm and a government official rafter suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed their compound.

On February 16, they killed seven Nigerien soldiers in an attack on the border village of Chetima Wangou.

A year-end government offensive, combining land and air forces, killed over 280 militants, Niger's armed forces maintained on January 3.


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