Boko Haram attacks military base in Niger

Boko Haram

Islamist militant group Boko Haram, attacked a military base in eastern Niger, expanding its reign of terror across the region, witnesses said on Friday.

It is the first time the Nigeria-based insurgents launched an assault in Niger, after infiltrating northern Cameroon for the past few months, killing dozens of people.

Boko Haram clashed with soldiers in Bosso, a town that borders Nigeria.

However, a causality figure could not be confirmed.

The attack came a day after Boko Haram killed 31 people in northern Cameroon, when it burnt three mosques in the town of Fotokol, also near the Nigerian border.

Insurgents on Wednesday killed 82 civilians in Fotokol, as well as six Cameroonians and 13 Chadian soldiers.
Boko Haram descended on Fotokol in apparent retaliation for the deaths of over 200 of their members killed this week by Chadian and Nigerian troops.

Nigerian and Chadian aircraft have been bombing Boko Haram hideouts since Monday.

No fewer than 2,000 Chadian soldiers were stationed this week along the Nigeria-Cameroon border after the AU agreed on January 31 to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram.

Boko Haram has killed over 13,000 people since 2009 in northern Nigeria under the pretext of trying to establish an Islamist state.

The insurgents control about 130 villages and towns in northern Nigeria, a territory the size of Belgium, and have sparked fears of regional instability.

(dpa/NAN)


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  • Otile

    Allah Wubade

  • Ashibogu

    The Niger Government is clueless! I am sure it is responsible for the attack.

    • metson

      You should be ashamed, you have rendered our military to a mere vigilante group that can not fight insurgency and when other serious minded countries come to our aid you still accuse them, well the Lord will fail you if that is your plan for the Northerners to be out run, if not why should you be accusing Niger that got part of the attack because they are helping us.

  • COLONEL MARIAMA(RTD)

    PREMIUM TIMES GOT IT WRONG FAR TOO MANY TIMES. THEY KEPT WRITING “NIGERIAN” WHEN IN FACT THEY MEANT “NIGERIen”.

  • ucheJ

    All the northerners probably thought that by creating bokoharam to make the nation ungovernable for GEJ that they have suxeded babangida knows much about bokoharam and yet have done nothing about it but now bokoharam is bringing to fight to their door step may be now babangida will deem it alright to consult with GEJ to fight the menace it’s no longer GEJ’s fight alone becouse they are now in danger.

    • richkid

      Babangida is supporting GEJ

    • metson

      You must have loss touch, were you the one that formed
      militancy in the niger Delta? And besides is there any part of this country that have stood against their brothers? In the north the vigilante are fighting and killing the insurgents this never happened in the history of Nigeria crisis before in any part of this country, so only people like you that lack conscience will be saying the Northerner form Boko Haram, you shouldn’t use this as an excuse for non performance after all President Yard adua met similar situation but sat down and profer solution to it immediately, you are a loser don’t build lies ok

  • richkid

    It’s a pity. He sent them because he saw GEJ’s crowd they and even Babangida support for GEJ. But not to worry, soon it will be traced to him. This remaining days of his life will be in jail. GEJ all the way

  • dd

    Buhari is very happy now because he is thinking with this my boys have done, Nigeria will know I am the only one that can save them.

  • Rev.Alhaji

    Since January 2014 premium times have been using 13,000 as the casualty figure. This year alone more 2500 people have been reported killed why is premium time still using 13,000 as their base line figure?

  • G4

    130 villages and towns, thats a fully fledged country. Criminals have carved out a country the size of Belgium from Nigeria under the watch of GEJ. Intstead of using the military to engage them he is using them to rig elections.