NIGER – Thirty-two soldiers are dead and dozens reported wounded after a Boko Haram attack on a military post in south-eastern Niger in a bid to occupy a border town, the country’s Defence Ministry said Saturday.
The dead included 30 Nigerien soldiers and two from neighbouring Nigeria. Another 67 were reported injured.
During the attack, the Boko Haram fighters took control of the nearby town of Bosso for several hours.
Government troops counter attacked Saturday and recaptured Bosso from the militants, military spokesman Moustapha Ledrux said.
Bosso lies on the border between Niger and Nigeria.
Boko Haram has its base in Nigeria, where it is trying to set up an Islamist caliphate with ties to the Islamic State movement. The Sunni fundamentalist group has killed at least 14,000 people in the region since 2009.
The group’s name translates to “Western education is sinful.”
During the hours-long occupation of Bosso, Boko Haram fighters plundered the city, reported local media.
Africa News Agency