News ID: 111095
Published: 0727 GMT February 06, 2015

Boko Haram attacks spread to Nigeria neighbors

Boko Haram attacks spread to Nigeria neighbors

Horrific attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group have spread to the Nigeria's neighbors as the group for the first time launched an attack in Niger on Friday, striking at the town of Bosso just across the border from Nigeria.

Fighting broke out around 9:00 am (0800 GMT) but troops pushed back the attack by the end of the morning, said Yacouba Soumana Gaoh, governor of the regional capital of Diffa, AFP reported.

"Order has been restored," he said. "We could hear the sound of weapons all around the town, often very near our windows. There was the noise of heavy weapons and of light arms, making our houses shake," one resident said.

Niger's army took on the Nigerian armed terrorists alongside troops from Chad who have been stationed in Bosso since Monday, a humanitarian worker said, stating that Boko Haram 'took the municipality' for a time before being 'driven back to Nigeria'.

However, the governor said that only Nigerien troops fought back the raid, while the Chadians were stationed at a distance.

Niger's parliament in the capital Niamey is due to vote on Monday on a proposal to send troops to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram, as impetus to beat the terrorists mounts across the region.

Meanwhile, Cameroonian officials said Boko Haram fighters who attacked a town in the far north killing nearly 100 people have retreated to Nigeria.

Government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said Friday that Cameroonian soldiers assisted by Chadian forces successfully chased hundreds of the terrorists out of the town of Fotokol.

Boko Haram's assault within Cameroon marked an escalation by the Nigerian-based terrorists who are blamed for killing more than 10,000 people last year.

After being bombed out of several Nigerian towns, hundreds of Boko Haram fighters responded by attacking Fotokol in Cameroon, razing mosques and churches and warning Nigeria's neighbors not to join the battle against their insurgency.

Last week, African leaders authorized a 7,500-strong force to fight the Boko Haram terrorists, including pledges of troops from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin.

   
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