The Sahel state of Niger, which has been battling a bloody jihadist insurgency, said Wednesday around 75 Boko Haram soldiers killed in southeast Niger and in neighbouring Nigeria.
Twenty-five “terrorists” were killed on Monday south of Diffa, the most city in southeast Niger, while “about 50… were neutralised” an equivalent day on Nigerian soil within the Lake Chad region, in two operations by a regional anti-jihadist force, the defence ministry said during a statement.
The figures couldn’t be verified independently.
On Monday, troops from Niger’s contingent within the regional force administered “aggressive reconnaissance” on the banks of the Komadougou river and clashed with Boko Haram fighters at a neighborhood 74 kilometres (45 miles) south of Diffa, the ministry said.
“All the terrorist organization ,” comprising 25 combatants, was killed, it said, adding that two soldiers were lightly injured.
A vehicle, four motorbikes, weapons, ammunitions and various material “for military use” were seized, the statement said.
The same day, around 50 “enemy elements” were “neutralised” in coalition air strikes and artillery bombardment of Tombon-Fulani, an island within the marshy Lake Chad region in northeastern Nigeria, the defence ministry added.
“Shelters and logistical dumps” were also destroyed, it said.
Jihadists administered a serious attack against a Nigerien military camp outside Diffa on May 3, killing two soldiers and wounding three others, consistent with the govt .
A propaganda video released by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram faction affiliated to the so-called Islamic State, alleged to show heavily-armed insurgents storm a military camp following sustained fighting and heavy weapons fire.
Jihadists administered another attack within the same area on Saturday.
Boko Haram’s insurgency has claimed quite 36,000 lives since it began in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 and displaced nearly two million from their homes
The violence spilt over into neighbouring Sahel countries in 2015, especially within the Lake Chad region, where the borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria converge.
Diffa, a city of 200,000 people located near the Nigerian border, has been repeatedly attacked.
The region is home to 120,000 refugees from Nigeria also as 110,000 people internally displaced within Niger, consistent with UN data released in October.
75 ‘Boko Haram soldiers’ killed in Niger, The countries around Lake Chad , along side Benin, have found out a combined group, the Multinational Joint Task Force, to counter the jihadists.