Niger’s military forces killed 38 alleged terrorists in the southeastern region of Diffa town after a surge of Boko Haram Islamist militants attacks there.
Two soldiers were wounded in the operation involving air and ground forces, military spokesman Moustapha Ledru said Friday on state television, Tele Sahel.
Members of Boko Haram carried out three separate attacks earlier this week on villages near Diffa, according to residents and the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer. It wasn’t clear if people had been killed. Hundreds of thousands of displaced Nigeriens and refugees from neighboring Nigeria have sought refuge near Diffa as Boko Haram, based in northeastern Nigeria, stepped up its campaign of violence last year.