Nigerien and Chadian soldiers on military search operations in the Diffa region of Niger Republic have eliminated 38 suspected Boko Haram fighters.
Niger defence ministry spokesman Moustapha Ledru said on state television that two soldiers were ‘lightly wounded’ during the operation.
Captured from the insurgents was a substantial quantity of weapons and munitions.
The joint army operations took place at between Gueskerou and Toumour villages in the southeastern part of the country between Monday and Wednesday.
Residents said Boko Haram terrorists attacked Gueskerou, 30 kilometres from Diffa, on Wednesday night, torching houses and stealing food and medicine from shops and a pharmacy.
No one was however killed.