Five killed in Boko Haram attack on Niger village

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NIAMEY – At least five people were killed when militants from Boko Haram Islamist group attacked a village in southwestern Niger, two Niger military officers said on .

The attack occurred overnight Tuesday to Wednesday in the village of Koukodou near the Nigerian border in Niger’ Dosso region.

“The terrorists killed five villagers and burned houses and two vehicles,” said an deployed to the region, who asked not to be named as he not authorised to speak to the press.

A officer said the raiders looted homes and shops before withdrawing back across the border into .

Boko Haram, which his seeking to establish an Islamist emirate in , has killed thousands of people during a six-year insurgency, but attacks in Niger are relatively rare.

The of Niger’ Diffa region ordered the evacuation of thousands of people living on islands on Lake Chad last week following a deadly attack there by Boko Haram militants late last month.

A coalition including Nigeria and neighbours Chad, Niger and Cameroon has recorded a string of significant military victories against the Islamist group in recent months.
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Nigeria’s military has rescued hundreds of and who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram and were being detained in Sambisa Forest, where the army is attempting defeat the Islamist group in of its final strongholds. (Reuters)
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