Metro Niger Republic Nabs 20 Boko Haram Terrorists

Niger Republic has arrested about 20 Boko Haram militants from neighbouring Nigeria, suspected to be planning attacks in Niger’s South-East, Nigerien security officials said on Monday.

According to Niger’s army chief, General Seyni Garba, the militants were preparing attacks on markets and other gathering places in retaliation for Niger’s stance against extremists in the region.

The alleged plot to strike Diffa, a Nigerien town that borders Nigeria’s Borno State, reportedly followed Nigerian army offensive against militants which had pushed thousands of refugees and some insurgents across the porous border into Niger.
“The bloodbath planned by the terrorist organisation to punish our country has fortunately been avoided,” Garba was quoted as saying in Monday’s edition of Le Sahel, a Niger state-owned newspaper.

Speaking while visiting Nigerien troops in the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Mali, He said the arrests took place in Diffa.

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