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Nigerien Soldiers Kill About 50 Insurgents In Fierce Battle In Diffa

The country says the soldiers in a town near Lake Chad were attacked by hundreds of insurgents.

Nigerien soldiers killed about 50 insurgents during fierce clashes in the Diffa region of Niger.

Sixteen soldiers died and nine others sustained injuries during the clashes. 

A swarm of insurgents attacked a military position in Baroua, a town in the south-eastern Niger Diffa region near Lake Chad and neighbouring Nigeria. 

The attack was reported to have been launched around 1 a.m. by hundreds of insurgents. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Alkassoum Indatou, Nigerien Defense Minister was quoted saying that “on Tuesday, the positions of our Defense and Security Forces (FDS) in Baroua, in the Diffa region, were attacked by several hundred elements of Boko Haram who came from Lake Chad.”

Multiple arms and ammunition were recovered from the insurgents by the Nigerien soldiers. 

In June, Nearly 6,000 people who fled violence since 2015, returned home to Baroua as part of efforts of the government to resettle displaced people.

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