Authorities in Niger announced on Thursday that 18 people were killed and 11 others were wounded in an attack carried out by Boko Haram militants on Wednesday in country’s southeastern village of Wogom in Diffa province.
The mayor of the nearby town of Bosso, Bako Mamadou said "The toll is 18 dead, 11 hurt, almost 100 homes burned down."
Justice Minister and government spokesman Marou Amadou also stated that "Boko Haram has once again sent us into mourning."
"Eighteen villagers were killed, including the chief imam for the village whose throat was slit by his own nephew," he added.
Since the beginning of this year, Boko Haram has intensified its cross border attacks in Niger, Chad and Cameroon, the countries have formed a multinational joint task force to defeat the Nigeria based militant group.
According to the latest figures released by local security sources, Boko Haram carried out nearly 60 attacks in Niger, causing the deaths of hundreds of people since February.
The latest incident took place as the Nigerian government announced that it would not be able to defeat Boko Haram by the end of this year, the date set by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari as a deadline for restoring peace in the country.
Executive Secretary of the Centre for Crisis Communication in Nigeria, Yusuf Anas, said “It must also be stated that this target date might be unrealistic.”
“This submission is predicated on the fact that asymmetric warfare which the Boko Haram is prosecuting against the Nigeria is not such that can be easily be stamped out by the Armed Forces,” he added.