Nearly 300 fighters of the jihadist group Boko Haram have been “neutralized” in Niger during land and air raids led by the army since last Friday, according to the government of Niamey.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Nigerian Ministry of Defense said that the army had been conducting since December 28 a “sweeping operation along the Komadougou River and on the islands of Lake Chad (…) as part of fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram“.
More than 200 Islamists were “put out of action” by air strikes and 87 others were “neutralized” on the ground by Nigerian troops, the ministry said.
Originally established in northeastern Nigeria, where it launched an armed insurgency in 2009, the Boko Haram group has expanded its reach in recent years to neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
The French General Staff announced last Sunday that the French force Barkhane and the Nigerian army had killed about 15 jihadists in southwestern Niger, near the border with Mali, during a joint action in the night of December 27th.