İrem UZUN -TDO- Niger’s defense ministry says 75 fighters with the Boko Haram extremist group have been killed in two operations this week. “Twenty-five terrorists were killed on Monday south of Diffa, the main city in southeast Niger, while about 50 ... Were neutralised on the same day on Nigerian soil in the Lake Chad region in two operations by a regional force”, the ministry of defense said in a statement quoted by the AFP news agency on Wednesday. “A vehicle, four motorbikes, weapons, ammunitions and various material for military use were seized”, the statement added.
Boko Haram has killed more than 36,000 people and caused the displacement of nearly two million people from their homes in northeastern Nigeria since 2009. Diffa, a city of 200,000 people located near the Nigerian border, has been repeatedly attacked by Boko Haram. The region is home to 120,000 refugees from Nigeria as well as 110,000 people internally displaced within Niger, according to the UN report.