Boko Haram Kills 32 Troops in Raid on Niger-Nigeria Border

© REUTERS / Emmanuel BraunNigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015
Nigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Islamist militant group Boko Haram killed 32 troops and wounded dozens in an overnight attack at the town of Bosso in southeastern Niger, the country’s defense ministry said Saturday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Clashes near Niger’s border with Nigeria claimed the lives of 30 Niger and two Nigerian soldiers, while 67 service members were wounded, the ministry said, as cited by Sky News channel.

The ministry said it launched a counter-offensive the following morning that helped the army recapture positions at Bosso and kill some of the attackers.

The Friday night attack was reportedly the worst since April 2015 when militants killed more than 70 civilians in the Lake Chad basin. Boko Haram has been launching frequent raids in neighboring Nigeria since its insurgency started seven years ago.

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