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Boko Haram militants attack Niger army position after lull in conflict

Boko Haram militants attack Niger army position after lull in conflict

Boko Haram jihadists continue to make chaos in the Niger’s Diffa region, the jihadists have attacked the military base of Chetima Wangou in southeastern Niger. As News 24 reports, the attack followed a lull in violence since last December.

Niger authorities have not commented on the Saturday attack on the Army base in Diffa region. According to the local media, the attack took place but none do not have a death toll. In fact, the country’s Diffa region has been targeted since 2015 by the Muslim radicalised group, left an unknown number of soldiers injured.

The military base of Chetima Wangou was attacked by heavily armed Boko Haram elements who came in vehicles. According to a preliminary assessment of the situation, there were injuries among our soldiers who were admitted to Diffa Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

Chetima Wangou is a small village about 25km southwest of the regional capital Diffa. Since 2015, the group has targeted areas near Lake Chad, north of the city. The attack was the latest ascribed to the jihadist group which began a bloody insurgency in neighbouring Nigeria in 2009 that has spread to nearby countries, prompting a regional military response.

Over the years of the internal armed conflict in the poor African country, the jihadist insurgency sparked a dire humanitarian crisis in the region. As the international organizations believe, Boko Haram has killed some 27 000 people and displaced two million.

In February 2019, seven Niger soldiers were killed during an attack on the same position.