No less than thirty-eight militants of the Islamic death cult ‘Boko Haram’ have been killed during military search operations carried out by Niger and Chad troops in the Diffa region of southeast Niger this week, an official said Friday.
A statement issued by Niger defence ministry spokesman Moustapha Ledru revealed that although two soldiers were lightly wounded in the action but “on the enemy side; 38 terrorists were killed.”
The spokesman also stated that substantial quantities of weapons and munitions were also seized.
The joint army operations took place between Monday and Wednesday around the villages of Gueskerou and Toumour in southeastern Niger, he added.
According to villagers and NGO workers in Gueskerou, 30 kilometres from Diffa, Boko Haram elements attacked the town on Wednesday night, without killing anyone.
“The attack nonetheless caused a psychosis in the population and the assailants torched houses and stole food and medicines after pillaging shops and a pharmacy,” an NGO official told AFP.