Boko Haram attacks Niger as country moves to send troops into Nigeria

Boko Haram

Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a prison in neighbouring Niger late Sunday ahead of a vote by the country’s parliament on whether to send troops into Nigeria to fight the sect.

The attack happened hours before Niger’s parliament was due to vote on joining a regional offensive against the militants.

On Monday, hours after the attack, a bomb exploded in Niger’s bordertown of Diffa, a military and a local source told Reuters news agency.

Meanwhile, troops from Chad are already carrying out operations inside Nigerian territory.

Residents and military sources said heavy gunfire rang out as Niger’s army repelled the attack.

They said this was Boko Haram’s third assault on the border town of Diffa in four days.

Residents said even though many had fled, the authorities ordered locals to stay in their homes and mounted roadblocks around the town by late morning.

A military officer said on the condition of anonymity that with the attack, “It is now evident that Boko Haram has its cells, its sleeping networks in the town and the region of Diffa.”

He said investigation was on going as it was not immediately clear how many people were killed or wounded, or whether any of the prisoners were freed.

A member of the National Guard, which runs prison security, said more than 100 suspected Boko Haram militants were held in Niger, but none of them in Diffa.

On Saturday, the governments of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin agreed to establish an 8,700 strong multi-national force to tackle the insurgency.

(Reuters/NAN)


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    The parliament in Niger is working assidiously hard and in coperation with their govt o how best to decimate boko haram. But iin Nigeria, all the national assembly does is to routinely invite our security chiefs, and harass them with a view of taking their share of the defence budget. They are never in agreement with the govt because they feel shortchanged in the sharing of the defence budget largess. Shege barawo, them all

  • Otile

    Imam Shekau, Allah ya gafatta mallam. Niger is going to draw the ire of Imam who has been trying to secure an independent Caliphate for his people. We know that once Nigeria, Niger, Chad and French Cameroon allow Imam to take his 12 sharia states in Nigeria peace will break out. Let them give peace a chance. Imam Abu Shekau and Imam Mohamed Buhari will never give up until they achieve their Islamic
    Caliphate. I only regret that our Christian soldiers are going to suffer heavy casualties fighting for what does not belong to them. The sharia states are for the North, and the North should be allowed to go their way.

    • PROF

      Otile this attack on niger is good news , at least we know they are serious about getting the caliphate setup ASAP .

    • Dan maikoko

      Reverend Otile, thank God you said Christians are dying for nothing. Once we call ourselves a nation no matter how flawed, we need to work as a nation. It seems nobody from the North or south believes in a divided state outside our circle of e-rats and mouses.
      It seems also that you lost the meaning of the quote “troops from Tchad and the Cameroons are operating within Nigerian territory” not by invitation from Nigeria but because the Nigerian govt is “practically non-existent”. At this point every Nigerian should bow his or her head in shame.
      Gone are the days when Imam Buhari as a GOC pursued the Tchadian rebels who strayed into Nigerian territory right up to the countries capital without the orders from Shagari’s go-slow govt. Now we have an aborigine cousin of Rev. Otile who’s idea of a govt is fine wine, hot drinks, sirens and old women.

    • Dark Ness

      It will be a disaster if a caliphate is established in north Africa. Please be smart and save yourselves from fascism and further violence and stop the spread of this sick and dangerous cult.

    • Dark Ness

      There will never be peace under religious facism, just fear. Bono harum needs to be destroyed