Boko Haram attacks villages in Niger, 40 dead, says official

Militants from the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram crossed the border into neighboring Niger, setting homes ablaze and killing at least 40 people, a local government said Thursday. The attack marks the latest attempt by Boko Haram to strike inside neighboring countries that have joined the Nigerian military’s attempt to quash the group once and for all. Earlier this week, authorities in Chad blamed the group for two suicide bombings in the capital that left at least 33 people dead.



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