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17 Feb 2019 | 07:14 AM UTC

Niger: Boko Haram kills seven soldiers in southeast Niger February 15

Niger News Alert

Boko Haram kills seven Nigerien soldiers near Diffa on February 15; further attacks and military operations possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/27/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Diffa region, Niger, Diffa region

Event

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.

Context

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.

Advice

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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