Boko Haram is continuing to spread its terror across borders, abducting and attacking civilians in Cameroon and Niger, respectively, reports the BBC.
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On Monday, the Islamic sect reportedly took over a bus traveling near the border town of Koza. The bus had at least 20 people, but some reports indicate the number of kidnapped passengers, who were reportedly traveling to the market, was actually 30.
First Attacks Occur in Niger
Niger officials are reportedly deliberating also on Monday whether they will supply about 700 troops to the anti-Boko Haram effort.
It is likely they will indeed vote to contribute their forces, after Friday and Monday saw a number of attacks by the militants in Niger for the very first time.
On Friday morning, Boko Haram reportedly hit the town of Bosso with heavy artillery. At the time, one witness told the AFP, “We can hear the sound of weapons all around the town, often very near our windows.
“There is the noise of heavy weapons and of light arms, making our houses shake.”
In the confrontation, Niger forces reportedly killed 109 terrorists, while only sustaining five losses — one was a civilian.
By Monday, the militants set their sights on a prison in the town of Diffa, but were reportedly trounced by Chad and Niger forces.
The prison win, though, didn’t stop Boko Haram from setting off a car bomb that was also in the same town, killing one and wounding 15.
Meanwhile, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Benin, and Nigeria decided to commit 8,700 soldiers, police, and civilians toward fighting Boko Haram.
A U.S. official went on record to say that the sect is at least 6,000 strong.