75 members of Boko Haram killed

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Nigerien and allied forces from neighbourings tates killed 75 Boko Haram insurgents in security operations earlier this weekinthe regionwherethe borders ofNiger, Nigeriaand Chad converge, Niger’s defenceministrysaid.

The Islamist BokoHaram insurgency erupted in north eastern Nigeria in 2009 andcontinues togrind on, with attacks frequently spilling overinto Chad, Niger and Cameroon a littlebfurther tothe south.

The operations onMonday followed a series of Boko Haram attacks on military positions near the south eastern Nigerien border town of Diffa, the ministry said in a statement late on Tuesday.
It said 25 insurgents were killed in fighting around 75 km south of Diffa and a further 50 in air and artillery strikes by joint Nigerien, Nigerian and Chadian forces in the LakebChad area.

It added that weapons were seized and a logistics base used by the insurgents destroyed.

The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday violence in north western Nigeria had forced about 23000 people to flee into Niger since April and raised concerns about the deteriorating security situation in that region.

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