The armies of Niger and Chad on Sunday launched a major ground and air offensive against Islamist extremist group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, a source from the Niger government said.
The offensive opened up a new front against the Islamists as part of regional efforts to combat them and came after Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in an audio message.
“An offensive is underway against Boko Haram,” the source told AFP. “Very early this […]
Newsmen gathered that, Niger’s air force has bombed a convoy of trucks carrying smoked fish to Nigeria, a trade banned by local officials because it is suspected of helping to finance the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, on Wednesday.
“Earlier this week, air forces fired on merchandise vans along the river Kamadougou,” said reporters. The river separates northern Nigeria from southeastern Niger.
The people in the trucks fled over the border into Nigeria, the source said.
Niger officials say Boko Haram taxes fishermen […]