- Emerging reports suggest that there has been an attack by the Boko Haram sect in Niger Republic
- The attack is said to have led to the death of about 32 soldiers.
- Niger's defense ministry made the disclosure
- The attack was carried out on Friday, June 3
Thirty Nigerien soldiers and two Nigerian soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram attack on Friday night against the south-eastern town of Bosso, close to the border with Nigeria, Niger’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday.
“On Friday, hundreds of assailants of Boko Haram attacked” the position of the army of Bosso, the ministry said in a statement.
“The counter-offensive conducted early this morning helped to retake control of all the positions in the city of Bosso. The situation is under control,” it added
Meanwhile, a carefully planned and deliberate attack comprising troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, and 153 Task Force Battalion of 7 Division and 8 Task Force Division as well as Nigeria Air Force Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) and some Civilian JTF, was carried out on Boko Haram terrorists stronghold and camp at Chukungudu on Friday May 3 2016.
This was following credible information on the presence of Boko Haram terrorists, their camp and other facilities at Chukungudu. While advancing to the location, the troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists ambush positions at Muskari, Gilam and Hausasi before descending on their main objective at Chukungudu.
During the encounter at the camp, the troops killed 19 Boko Haram terrorists including their notorious leader in the area called Ameer Abubakar Gana. They also discovered and destroyed the terrorists Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making factory, discovered and successfully detonated 4 primed IEDs.
The troops also recovered 2 Anti-Aircraft Guns, 1 AK-47 Rifle, a Pistol, 1 Rocket Propelled Gun (RPG) Bomb, 1 AK-47 Magazine, 267 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) metal links ammunition and 23 rounds of 12.7mm belt ammunition. Other recovered items include a Canter truck, 1 Gun truck, 1 Land Rover vehicle and a Toyota Hilux vehicle. Unfortunately, two soldiers suffered gun shot wounds as a result of enemy action. However, it is gratifying to state that both of them are very stable and responding to treatment at the Field Ambulance.