Boko Haram attack in Niger kills at least 25

At least 25 people dead including five civilians and 20 militants in Boko Haram attack over village and clashes between militants and security forces in Niger

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

The photo shows the leader of Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech on October 31, 2014

Updated Nov 13, 2015

Approximately 25 people have been killed in a Boko Haram attack on a village in southern Niger and clashes continued among fighters and security forces on Wednesday, Niger military officials announced.

Five people have been killed by the Nigerian militant group in the first attack on their village in the Dosso district.

However, following the deadly attack, Niger soldiers pushed the militants back and killed nearly 20 of them, the army said.

"Reacting quickly, the government's forces were able to push them back. Most of the Boko Haram elements have been neutralized," said one officer from military quarters in the Diffa border region.

"The situation is under control and we are carrying out clean-up operations," he said.

An estimated 600,000 residents, almost a third of Diffa has been displaced as a result of violence in southern Niger.

Boko Haram is a Nigerian-based militant group that was established in 2002. They carry out their operations in West African countries including Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

The group's name translates to “Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language that underlines the groups initial focused on opposing Western-style education.

Nigeria is leading the coalition against the insurgency with about 8,700 troops, along with Niger and Cameroon who are also involved in the effort to restore security in the region.

TRTWorld and agencies