Twelve Nigerien soldiers have lost their lives after a group of Boko Haram fighters launched an attack on their military post.

The attack occurred in Niger’s Diffa region, where there have been series of recent clashes with the terror group.

In a statement released by the Nigerien Ministry of Defence, ten soldiers were also injured in the attacks.

The statement further added that the army gunned down at least seven of the attackers.

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The base is some 20km northeast of Diffa town near Lake Chad where the borders of the two Sahel region countries of Chad, Niger and Nigeria and Cameroon converge.

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Several violent clashes in the region informed the army to launch full assault against the armed fighters in the region since the start of May.

Last week, Niger said more than 70 Boko Haram fighters were killed in the southeast of the country across the border to Nigeria.  

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Some ten years ago, Boko Haram launched its insurgency in north-east Nigeria. It sought to overthrow the Nigerian democracy and replace it with sharia law.

The group’s deadly activities have claimed more than 36,000 lives since and displaced nearly two million people in the country.



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