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38 Boko Haram fighters killed this week during military raid in south Niger, says army

Boko Haram's seven-year insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead in Nigeria and border areas. In photo: A Nigerian army convoy vehicle drives ahead with an anti-aircraft gun, on its way to Bama, Borno State. Photograph: (Reuters)

Niger, Nigeria Sep 17, 2016, 02.06 AM (IST)
During military search operations carried out by Niger and Chad troops in the Diffa region of southeast Niger, 38 Boko Haram Islamist fighters have been killed this week, an official said on Friday. 

According to international news agency AFP, Niger defence ministry spokesman Moustapha Ledru informed on state television: "Two soldiers were lightly wounded in the action and "on the enemy side; 38 terrorists killed." 

Substantial quantities of weapons and munitions were also seized, he added.

The joint army operations took place  around the villages of Gueskerou and Toumour in southeastern Niger between Monday and Wednesday, said the official. 

Villagers and NGO workers in Gueskerou, 30 kilometres from Diffa, informed that Boko Haram elements attacked the town on Wednesday night, without killing anyone.

"The attack nonetheless caused a psychosis in the population" and "the assailants torched houses and stole food and medicines after pillaging shops and a pharmacy," an NGO official told AFP.

The intenrational news agency also pointed out in its report today that Boko Haram's seven-year insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead in Nigeria and border areas of neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, and made more than 2.6 million homeless. Meanwhile, attacks in Niger's Diffa region began in February 2015.

(WION with inputs from AFP) 
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