NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Soldiers fended off an attack on a border town in Niger by Boko Haram and destroyed a base used by the Islamic militants inside neighboring Nigeria in recent days, Niger said Tuesday.
The two confrontations came as Nigeria elected a former military dictator as its new president amid anger over the Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives. The militants have terrorized northern Nigeria and also attacked towns in neighboring countries, prompting nations in the region to mount a force to combat them.
The militants tried to attack the town of Bosso, Niger, just over the border with Nigeria, on Monday, according to a statement from Niger’s Defense Ministry. But troops from Niger and Chad — who are part of the force helping Nigeria to root out the insurgents — intervened, killing 47 militants and destroying several of their vehicles and mortars. The troops also captured a cache of weapons and ammunition.