Islamist militant group Boko Haram has launched its first attack on Niger, Nigeria’s neighbouring country.
The terrorists attacked the border town of Bosso, on Friday, before they were later repelled by forces from Chad and Niger, witnesses said.
The assault on Niger, makes it the second foreign country to be attacked by Boko Haram this week. The attackers were later repelled by forces from Chad and Niger, witnesses said.
The incursion comes as Niger and several other African countries are planning to send troops to battle the Islamic extremists, seen as a growing threat not only to Nigeria, but also to the region of West and Central Africa.
Bosso lies just across the border from Nigeria’s Borno state, one of the areas worst affected by Islamist violence.
The town is home to thousands of Nigerian refugees who have fled Boko Haram.
The militant group, which has sworn allegiance to Islamic State and desires its own caliphate in Nigeria, has killed thousands and displaced millions in the country’s north-east.