Militant fighters killed

NIAMEY – Security forces in Niger killed 12 fighte­rs of the Islamist milita­nt group Boko Haram who launched an attack in the southeastern region of Bo­sso close to the bord­er with Nigeria, an army statement said.

Three members of the security forces were lightly wounded during Friday’s battle and government for­ces captured machine guns, rocket propelled grenade launchers and mobile telephones from the enemy, said army spokesman Colonel Moustapha Ledru.

Bosso is part of the Diffa region, which houses many refugees.

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