Despite a multinational offensive against Boko Haram, the Sunni insurgent group has been able to launch an attack in Niger. The terror group yesterday morning crossed Komadougou River and attacked the border town of Bosso and engaged the security forces of Niger in a 3-hour firefight before they were pushed backed. Niger is the fourth country attacked by Boko Haram.
More than 109 terrorists were killed during the firefight while Niger lost 4 soldiers and a civilian. The terrorist insurgency has spilled over from Nigeria to wreak havoc on neighboring nations especially Cameroon and Chad where the insurgents have attacked towns, settlements, police stations and military outposts.
Last week, the Chadian air force bombed Boko Haram bases located near Bosso town with the intent to prevent the terrorists from crossing over into Niger during a ground offensive that was conducted against the terror group.
Boko Haram had recently warned Niger not to join the multinational offensive against them. The Government of Niger is currently wary of provoking the Islamists especially in light of recent intelligence revelations that the Nigerian Sunni jihadist group has heavily infiltrated Diffa town, the capital of Diffa region. Nonetheless, the government took precautionary measures and stationed an army detachment in Bosso to beat back any attempt by Boko Haram to breach its border defenses.