NIAMEY (Reuters) - A bomb planted and remotely detonated by Boko Haram militants near the southeastern Niger town of Diffa has killed two soldiers and wounded a third, Niger military sources said on Wednesday.
“We had two soldiers killed on Wednesday in a remote controlled explosion. We took up the chase and killed the two militants responsible for the attack,” near a bridge over the Kamadougou river, an officer said.
It is the first time the army has said it was attacked using a remotely detonated bomb since it launched a campaign in conjunction with Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria this year against the Islamist militant group.
Reporting by Abdoulaye Massalaki; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Jeremy Gaunt