According to reports from BBC News, thirty soldiers from Niger and two from Nigeria were killed on Friday in a Boko Haram attack on the Niger-Nigeria border.
According to a statement from Niger’s defense ministry on Saturday:
‘On Friday, hundreds of assailants of Boko Haram attacked. The counter-offensive conducted early this morning helped to retake control of all the positions in the city of Bosso. The situation is under control.’
Boko Haram describes themselves as “Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad,” which is an Islamic extremist group based in Nigeria. According to reports, the group is linked with the Islamic State and now refers to itself as IS’s “West African province.”
Niger’s southeast region has been under Boko Haram attacks since February of 2015. 20,000 people have died in the last six years as a result of the ongoing war between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.
According to Aljazeera, the Lake Chad region is a popular target for Boko Haram attacks.
Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou has worked diligently with neighboring countries to try and combat Boko Haram, according to BBC News.
Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language.
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) June 4, 2016