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Boko Haram Niger, Chad troops kill 38 terrorist, recover weapons

Two soldiers were said to have been injured in the raid, and substantial quantities of weapons and munitions seized.

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Boko Haram terrorists, numbering 38, were killed during military search operations carried out by Niger and Chad troops in the Diffa region of southeast Niger this week, AFP reports.

Two soldiers were said to have been injured in the raid, and substantial quantities of weapons and munitions seized, Niger defence ministry spokesman Moustapha Ledru said on state television on Friday, September 16.

It was gathered that joint army operations took place between Monday and Wednesday around the villages of Gueskerou and Toumour in southeastern Niger.

According to villagers and NGO workers in Gueskerou, 30 kilometres from Diffa, the terrorists 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.

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.

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