‘Heavy toll’ feared after Boko Haram attacks Niger army

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A Niger soldier patrols in Malam Fatori, in northeastern Nigeria, which was retaken from Islamist Boko Haram militants by troops from neighbouring Chad and Niger, on April 3, 2015 (AFP Photo/Philippe Desmazes)

Niamey (AFP) – Boko Haram militants attacked troops from Niger on an island base in Lake Chad, the government said on Saturday, in a raid believed to have taken a heavy toll on the army.

“At dawn on April 25, fighters from the terrorist group Boko Haram riding motorised canoes attacked the island of Karamga, a position northwest of of the town of Bosso held by our defence and security forces,” the ministry of defence said.

“Operations are ongoing with the support of partners to counter the ambitions of this terrorist group,” the ministry added in a statement broadcast on television.

The ministry did not indicate if there were any casualties as a result of the raid.

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