Friday, February 06, 2015

Boko Haram attacks town inside Niger - Where Next?

Boko Haram fighters

NIAME, Niger: Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria attacked Niamey, a border town inside the neighboring country of Niger, marking the third attack on a foreign country attacked by the Nigeria based Boko Haram group in several days. The Islamic extremists are also reported to have launched attacks in Camerooon and Benin.

The expansion of Boko Haram aggression came as regional leaders meet for a second day in the Cameroonian capital to discuss plans for a combined military response to the terrorist group already said to be responsible for killing 10,000 people in nigeria over the past year.

On Wednesday and Thursday, (4.5 Frebury 2015,) heavily armed Boko Haram fighters attacked a town in Cameroon, leaving nearly 100 people dead and some 500 others wounded, according to Cameroonian officials.

Reports from government officials in the border town of Bosso, Niger said Boko Haram militants attacked the community early Friday and that soldiers fought an hour-long battle with them that caused the Boko Haram members to withdraw, leaving the streets deserted.

“Niger and Chadian planes are conducting surveillance at the moment in town and troops on the ground are combing through the streets,” local official Abar Hassan told Associated Press.

After several of their combat groups were bombed as they approached Nigerian towns, hundreds of Boko Haram fighters responded by attacking Fotokol in Cameroon earlier in the week, burning churches and warning Nigeria’s neighbors not to help Nigeria oppose their insurgency.

Last week, African Union leaders authorized a 7,500-strong force to fight the extremists, including pledges of troops from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin.

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