Niger security forces killed 57 members of Islamist terror group Boko Haram who attacked a village in the south-eastern Diffa region overnight. The Defence Ministry said in a statement today, Fifteen soldiers and two civilians were wounded during the attack by heavily armed men in Gueskerou village, which is northeast of Diffa town. It said among the enemy there were 57 terrorists killed, a Toyota pick-up recovered along with a 60 mm mortar, two RPG 7s, five machine guns, 20 AK-47s and a lot of ammunition. The report could not be independently confirmed.
Boko Haram has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in Nigeria. A regional force that includes troops from Niger has retaken much of its territory in the last two years. In recent years its attacks have spilled into neighbouring Niger, Cameroon and Chad.