Boko Haram has retaken the town of Bosso in Southeastern Niger after overnight exchange of fire in the town they once held. This development was disclosed by the Mayor of the town and a military source on Monday.
The insurgents took the town near the Nigerian border on Friday in one of its most deadliest attacks in recent times. They killed as many as 30 Nigerien soldiers and two Nigerian soldiers.
Reports said the Nigerien army after a counter offensive took back the town on Saturday morning.
Niger is one of the countries lying in the Lake Chad region that has suffered from the militants activities. The country is part of the Multinational Joint Task force that comprises troops from Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad with forces from other west African countries.
Since President Buhari was sworn into power a little over a year ago, the group has come under heavy attacks from the Nigeria army, who report that Boko Haram are confined to the infamous Sambisa forest.
The terrorists have now been left with carrying out attacks on soft civilian targets in Nigeria’s north and the government insists that they no longer hold any local government in the affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, all in the northeast of Nigeria.
The group was the subject of a security summit held in Nigeria, where the French president Francois Hollande charged that Boko Haram remained a credible threat to peace in the sub region and called for a concerted effort to end their deadly activities.
The last Boko Haram attack attempted in Nigeria was in Maiduguri, capital of the hardest hit state of Borno, but luckily, the suicide bomber dispatched to detonate her bomb ended up killing only herself.
Boko Haram, which literally means ‘western education is forbidden’ have sought to establish a caliphate in Nigeria’s north, in the process they have killed many, abducted several hundreds including the Chibok girls and have left thousands displaced.
Their activities have also seen the destruction of properties running into several millions of dollars and more money is expected to be pumped into efforts aimed at rebuilding the ravaged lands that Boko Haram have wrecked.