Military: Boko Haram Attacks Prison in Niger, 4 Killed

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Suspected Boko Haram militants launched an attack on the prison in the

southern Niger town of Diffa late on Saturday, military sources said,

in an apparent bid to free fellow members of the Nigerian

Islamist group held there.

Three of the assailants and one soldier were killed before the attack

was repelled, the sources said. Boko Haram also attacked the prison in


“When the attack was repelled, the assailants fled, probably back into

the town,” one military source said. “We are searching for them.”

A second military source said the attackers may have been residents of

Diffa, as no one had seen them enter the town.

Boko Haram is seeking to carve out an Islamic state in northeast

Nigeria. Despite losing territory to an offensive by regional

militaries this year, Boko Haram has carried out a wave of deadly

attacks in

Nigeria, Chad and Niger in recent weeks.

The group has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, which has declared an

Islamic caliphate in the large parts of Iraq and Syria that it


Credit: Reuters

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

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