February 19, 2015 / 1:33 PM / 3 years ago

Boko Haram militants kill three in attack on Niger village

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants attacked a village in southeastern Niger overnight, killing three people including the local chief and wounding three others before being driven off by security forces, a military source said.

The Islamist group has killed thousands in a six-year insurgency in Nigeria. Its raid on Tourba Guida village in the Diffa region is the latest in a series of cross-border raids that have led to fighting with Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

Reporting by Abdoulaye Massalaki; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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