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The Nigerien army repelled, on Tuesday, an attack by the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram, killing three assailants in Bosso, a town in southeastern Niger on the shores of Lake Chad, we learned on Wednesday (June 23). military sources and local authorities.
Mardi “Around 6:40 pm local time (5:40 pm GMT), elements of the defense and security forces (…) repelled a new attack by Boko Haram in Bosso”, said in a statement posted on Facebook the Joint Multinational Force (FMM, which associates Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger).
“Enemy side: three attackers neutralized (killed), one vehicle destroyed”, she said in this text disseminated from Diffa, regional capital of south-eastern Niger. “No casualties” was not registered among the military, she said.
A 12.7mm machine gun and three Kalashnikov assault rifles belonging to the attackers were recovered, according to the FMM.
“The remainder of the routed enemy escaped in four vehicles (…) towards the islands of Lake Chad” and “The search continues with our land and air forces”, she asserted. An elected official from Bosso confirmed this assessment to AFP.
“Return of the Nigerians”
This attack comes two days after the return of nearly 6,000 people in the locality of Baroua, located near Bosso, who had fled in 2015 jihadist attacks. Boko Haram carried out its very first attack in Niger, on February 6, 2015, against Bosso.
On June 3, 2016, a massive Boko Haram attack in Bosso left 26 dead, 24 Nigerien soldiers and two Nigerian FMM soldiers, as well as 55 killed on the side of Boko Haram, according to the Nigerien authorities.
The attackers had taken control of the city, before being dislodged the next day.
According to an estimate established by the United Nations a few days after this attack on June 3, 2016, at least 50,000 people had fled the area. Some of the inhabitants of Bosso then returned to the town, according to local authorities.
The Diffa region is home to 300,000 Nigerian refugees and other displaced people fleeing jihadist abuses since 2015, according to the UN.
Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum told foreign diplomats in Niamey on Tuesday that he will surrender ” very soon “ to Diffa for “Start discussions” with the Governor of the Nigerian Federated State of Borno from “Program for the return of Nigerians” at their home.
In addition to the attacks of Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) in its south-eastern part, Niger also has to face those of Sahelian jihadist groups, including the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara ( EIGS) in its western part.