Niger Prison Comes Under Attack By Boko Haram

A prison in the southern Niger town of
Diffa yesterday came under attack from
suspected members of the Boko Haram
sect.

The militants who had the intention to free
its fellow members in the prison were
repelled by the country’s military. During the
gun battle, three of the militants and one
soldier were killed. Boko Haram also
attacked the prison in February.

“When the attack was repelled, the assailants
fled, probably back into the town, we are
searching for them.” one military source told
Reuters.

Another military source squealed that the
attackers may have been staying in the town
for a while, but added that no one had seen
them enter the town.

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Despite losing its major camps and
territories to an offensive by the Nigerian,
Chadian and Nigerien military, Boko Haram
has carried out a wave of deadly attacks in
the three countries in recent weeks.
The group has since sworn allegiance to
Islamic State, which has declared an Islamic
caliphate in the large parts of Iraq and Syria
that it controls.
Meanwhile, a man who is suspected to be a
Boko Haram member and a potential suicide
bomber was arrested by the Chadian military
in N’djamena, the Chad capital city today.
The Chadian authority had earlier banned
the wearing of full face veil after a suicide
bombing close to a military facility in the
capital