Niger army kills 15 Boko Haram militants

Fifteen Boko Haram militants killed by Niger’s army in response to last week’s Diffa attack that claimed the lives of 38 Nigeriens

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Niger’s army was able to kill 15 Boko Haram militants on Wednesday via land and air military operations as announced by Niger’s defence minister, Colonel Moustapha Ledru.

Twenty Boko Haram militants were detained by the Niger army, in addition to the destruction of an armoured vehicle, 26 motorbikes and two caches of food and fuel previously owned by Boko Haram militants, Ledru told state radio.

The location of the land and air military operations have neither been detected in Niger or in neighbouring Nigeria where Boko Haram militants are highly active.

Boko Haram’s armed insurgency has been active in Niger's southeast, near Lake Chad and the Nigerian and Chadian borders.

Several months ago, a coalition was formed by the armies of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon to fight Boko Haram militants and eradicate their dominance.

This military operation was in response to last week’s attack by Boko Haram on Niger's Diffa region, close to the Nigerian border during which 38 people were killed, mainly women and children.

Newly appointed Nigerian Leader Muhammadu Buhari, who recently succeeded Goodluck Jonathan in presidency, met with regional leaders on June 12 to create a decisive strategy to weaken Boko Haram’s strength.

Niger’s government has not stated anything regarding the Chadian army’s involvement in aiding Niger in the operation.

Boko Haram, an armed militia who has pledged allegiance to ISIS, has been trying to institute a Caliphate in northeastern Nigeria since 2009 and has shown to have magnified its violence in the past month.

In April 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok during the term of former president Jonathan, who was accused of incapability to stop Boko Haram’s actions and save the young girls.

TRTWorld and agencies