At least twelve soldiers were killed after suspected Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base in Niger’s Diffa region.
The attack happened overnight on Monday on the Blabrine military base, about 12 miles northeast of Diffa town in the remote southeastern region near Lake Chad.
Niger’s defense ministry said twelve soldiers were killed in the attack that left twelve others wounded. “Seven terrorists were neutralised” by the soldiers.
The region borders Nigeria, the birthplace of Boko Haram. Diffa, a city of 200,000 has been under several attacks in the past. In October 2009, 12 Niger troops were killed at Blabrine military base.
In May 2013, 75 Boko Haram fighters were killed in the southeast of the country and across the border in Nigeria.