Fifteen Boko Haram fighters were killed and 20 others arrested by the Niger Republic Defence and Security Forces (FDS) during clashes that occurred between June 18 and 23 in Niger’s Diffa region, near the Nigerian border.
A source yesterday said following the attack carried out on June 17 in Niger’s Gueskerou commune by the Islamist sect, killing 38 civilians, FDS launched ground and air operations.
The spokesman for Niger’s Defence Ministry, Moustapha Ledru, said 15 terrorists had been killed, 20 others arrested, one armoured vehicle recovered and 20 motorcycles destroyed during the operation.
No injuries were reported on the part of the army, the statement by the defence ministry’s spokesman said.
The statement quoted Niger’s National Defence Minister, Karidjo Mahamadou, as hailing the FDS for the brilliant operation against the terrorists and encouraged them to continue with the fight to restore peace and security.
Nigerien and Chadian forces are engaged in a large-scale operation against Boko Haram to secure Lake Chad basin and stop further attacks in Nigerien regions of Diffa and Bosso.