Militants of the dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram, have slaughtered seven soldiers in Niger with eight others injured in two separate attacks over the past week.
According to a statement issued on Tuesday evening by the country’s military, the two attacks occured in the southeastern Diffa region near the border with Nigeria.
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The statement revealed that on Monday morning, five of the soldiers were killed in an ambush carried out by “members of the Boko Haram terrorist group” which also left six others wounded.
In an earlier incident on September 8, two soldiers were killed and another two wounded when their patrol vehicle went over “an improvised explosive device”, the statement concluded.
The death toll of soldiers in Niger was announced on a day some fighters of the death cult released a video in which they threatened to capture President Muhammadu Buhari.
The footage – narrated in Hausa – which is said to have been shot somewhere in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, showed suspected terrorists praying on what the narrator said was an Eid ground on Sallah day (Monday).
In the video, which was posted on YouTube on Tuesday, the group, which said it still remained a force to be reckoned with, called Buhari an infidel and threatened to capture him.
“This is our eid prayer from us and by the support of our leader Imam Abubakar Al-Shekau. We are extending our greetings to our people and fighters.
“Message to the infidels and the leader of the entire infidels (kafir) who is the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, that he should know we are very strong and doing very good.
“By the will of Allah under the leadership of our leader (Shekau) will capture Buhari with our hands,” the group said.