2015 Niger raid

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2015 Niger raid
Part of the Islamist insurgency in West Africa
Date 6 February 2015[1]
Location Bosso and Diffa, Niger[1]
Result Nigerien victory
Belligerents
 Niger
 Chad[1]
Supported by:
 Canada[2]

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Commanders and leaders
Chad Yaya Daoud (WIA)[1] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
22px Abubakar Shekau
Casualties and losses
4 killed
17 injured[1]
109 killed[1]
1 killed[1]

The 2015 Niger raid was an unsuccessful assault on the Nigerien towns Bosso and Diffa, perpetrated by Boko Haram. The incident occurred on 6 February 2015, marking the first major Boko Haram incursion into Niger.

Background

In June 2013, between 5,000 and 10,000 refugees arrived in Bosso, fleeing fighting between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Armed Forces in Borno State of Nigeria. Most blamed the military for the excessive violence and human rights violations.[3]

The border town of Diffa is separated from Nigeria by the Komadougou Yobe river, a recent drop in the river's water level granted large groups of Nigerian refugees the opportunity to flee rebel controlled areas into the yet unaffected Niger.[1]

On 5 February 2015, a Nigerien parliament spokesman announced that discussions will be held regarding Niger's participation in the anti Boko Haram military operations.[1]

Raid

In the morning of 6 February 2015, Boko Haram militants carried out an assault on the Nigerien towns of Bosso and Diffa, after crossing into Niger from neighboring Nigeria. The Nigerien military successfully repelled the attacks with the aid of Chadian troops that have been stationed in Bosso since 2 February, the Chadian airforce also played a supporting role in the clashes. A total of 109 militants were killed as Boko Haram retreated back into its stronghold in Nigeria. Nigerien casualties amounted to 5 killed, including one civilian as well as 17 wounded.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "'109 Boko Haram fighters dead' after first attack on Niger". AFP. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Pugliese, David (February 11, 2015). "Special forces from Petawawa close to fighting as Niger battles Boko Haram".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Nossiter, Adam (5 June 2013). "In Nigeria, 'Killing People Without Asking Who They Are'". New York Times. Retrieved 6 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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