Nigerien government officials confirmed the deaths of seven soldiers during a Boko Haram raid in southeastern Niger on Friday, February 15. Authorities released a statement on Saturday, February 16, confirming the deaths of seven soldiers and one militant during an attack on a military base near Chetimari (Diffa region), approximately 25 km (15 mi) southwest of Diffa. Six other soldiers were wounded in the assault. The military claimed to have pursued the militants and captured eight fighters and three vehicles. Further militant and military activity are possible in southwestern Niger in the coming weeks.
Niger faces a high threat from terrorism, including armed attacks and abductions. Boko Haram and affiliated groups maintain the ability to conduct attacks in the Lake Chad region despite ongoing military operations in the area. The Diffa region has been under a state of emergency since February 2015, which has been extended by the government several times.
Individuals throughout Niger should exercise vigilance when visiting sites deemed particularly likely to be targeted by an attack (e.g. government buildings, prominent hotels, etc.) and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.
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