Reprisal: Boko Haram Kills 40 After Crossing Into Niger, Says Local Governor

Militants from the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram crossed the border into neighbouring Niger, setting homes ablaze and killing at least 40 people, a local government said Thursday.

The attack marks the latest attempt by Boko Haram to strike inside neighbouring countries that have joined the Nigerian military’s attempt to quash the group once and for all. Earlier this week, authorities in Chad blamed the group for two suicide bombings in the capital that left at least 33 people dead.

Yakouba Soumana Gaoh, the governor of Niger’s Diffa region, said that the army there was hunting down those responsible for the violence overnight in the towns of Lamana and Ngoumawa.

Author: News Editor

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