Security forces in Niger have said that it killed 57 members of Nigeria’s notorious group Boko Haram who raided a village in the southeastern Diffa region overnight.
The defence ministry, in a statement, on Monday, said that about 15 soldiers and two civilians were wounded during the attack by heavily armed men in Gueskerou village, which is around 30 km (22 miles) northeast of Diffa town.
“Among the enemy there were 57 terrorists killed, a Toyota pick-up recovered along with a 60 mm mortar, two RPG 7s (rocket propelled grenade launchers), five machine guns, 20 AK-47s and a lot of ammunition,” Reuters quoted the ministry as saying in the statement.
However, the report could not be independently confirmed.
This is coming at a time when the President Donald Trump led government is pushing forward with plans to sell up to a dozen aircraft to Nigeria’s air force for the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram.
Sources who are aware of the development have said that the deal could be worth up to $600 million (about N184 billion).
Boko Haram has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in Nigeria.
A regional force that includes troops from Niger has retaken much of its territory in the last two years.