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Several dead in Niger Boko Haram attack: sources

Several people have died in an attack by the jihadist group Boko Haram in southeastern Niger, local sources said on Saturday.

Officials load the body of a victim to the general hospital mortuary on a street of the Jiddari Polo neighbourhood of the northeastern Nigeria city of Maiduguri, on Februray 16, 2019 where Boko Haram fighters shot residents while two suicide bombers blew themselves up, killing eight people. – The attack came hours before Nigeria’s electoral commission announced it was postponing today’s presidential and legislative vote for a week. The killings came after the group overran a military base north of Maiduguri few days before, stealing an armoured vehicle and torching buildings in an attack that left “several soldiers” missing. (Photo AFP)

“There have been deaths, including police, and also some wounded, in this attack by Boko Haram,” an official in Diffa, a region of Niger close to the birthplace of Boko Haram in neighbouring northeastern Nigeria.

The attack by “heavily armed” assailants travelling in a dozen or so vehicles on Friday targeted a military position near Gueskerou in the Diffa region, according to unconfirmed social media posts by residents.

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An official from the Diffa governorate and a municipal Gueskerou source confirmed the attack but did not elaborate.

“We do not have a precise toll, we are awaiting for the military command to make an evaluation,” the official said.

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