Boko Haram attack on Niger border town repelled by army: military sources

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 08, 2015 5:47 AM

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger's army repelled an attack by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram on the border town of Diffa on Sunday, but fierce fighting raged at a nearby bridge that crosses over into Nigeria, military sources said on Sunday.

A local resident said a bomb had exploded in Diffa's central market, but most locals had already left the streets because of the fighting, which began overnight. A death toll was not immediately available.

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