Niger army says it killed 15 Boko Haram militants

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NIAMEY: Niger’s army killed 15 Boko Haram militants in the course of land and air operations against the armed Islamist group, the defense ministry announced Wednesday. The army also took 20 prisoners, Colonel Moustapha Ledru said on state radio, and destroyed an armored vehicle, 26 motorbikes, and two caches of food and fuel held by the Islamists. The armies of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon have been fighting a joint campaign against Boko Haram for several months, pushing militants out of captured towns and villages. The announcement came after an attack by Boko Haram militants in southeast Niger last week killed 38 civilians, most of them women and children.

AFP

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