Boko Haram Kills 12 in Military Base Attack

  • “Seven terrorists were neutralized” by Niger soldiers, according to the Defense Ministry.
  • In October last year, twelve Nigeren troops were killed at Blabrine.
  • The rebels were hit right in the region on the border between Niger, Nigeria, and Chad.

At least 12 soldiers were killed in an attack by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, on a military outpost located in the southeastern region of Diffa, in Niger. The offensive took place on the night of Monday, at the Blabrine military base, and left about other ten soldiers injured.

The Islamic State in West Africa or Islamic State’s West Africa Province (abbreviated as ISWA or ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād “Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad”) and commonly known as Boko Haramuntil March 2015, is a jihadist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon.

According to reports from the Nigerian Ministry of Defense, in a statement released on Tuesday, “seven terrorists were neutralized” by Niger soldiers. The Blabrine base is located about 20 km northeast of the city of Diffa, near the region of Lake Chad, where the borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria meet. The area has on many occasions been a target by groups of armed militants.

In October last year, twelve Nigeren troops were killed at Blabrine, according to the Defense Ministry. Several violent clashes have pitted the army against militant fighters in the region since the start of May. On May 13, the Nigerian army and allied forces from neighboring countries reported killing around  75 Boko Haram rebels in a series of counter-terrorism operations conducted since the beginning of last week.

The rebels were hit right in the region on the border between Niger, Nigeria, and Chad, as stated by the Ministry of Defense of Niger. Operations began on May 11, after a series of attacks by Boko Haram against some military positions near Diffa. The ministry further specified that 25 rebels were killed in fighting about 75 km from the city, while another 50 were eliminated in airstrikes by the joint forces of Nigeria, Niger, and Chad.

Operation Barkhane is an ongoing anti-insurgent operation in Africa’s Sahel region, which commenced 1 August 2014. The operation is “to become the French pillar of counterterrorism in the Sahel region.”

Several weapons were seized and a logistical base used by insurgents to hide and organize attacks was destroyed. The joint operation took place in the area of Lake Chad.

Boko Haram is a Nigerian terrorist group that, since it started its offensives in 2009, has killed more than 36,000 people, and forced about 2.6 million citizens to abandon their homes. During their assaults, militants of the organization often kidnapped women and children to enlist them and force them to commit suicide attacks.

The uprising, which began in northeastern Nigeria, has expanded to include Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, causing a serious humanitarian crisis across the region. To combat the rebels, the four states established a Joint Multinational Task Force (MNJTF) in April 2012.

The organization is particularly active in the area of ​​Lake Chad, where militants continue to kill civilians and destroy local homes. The violence of terrorists has contributed to increasing the number of internally displaced persons, significantly worsening the living conditions of the inhabitants of the region. Diffa has been in a state of emergency for at least five years, that is, since Boko Haram launched an Islamist insurrection in the region in February 2015.

Another militant group, the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS), carries out frequent attacks in western Niger on its borders with Mali and Burkina Faso.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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