Military authorities in Niger have confirmed that 7 of their soldiers have been killed and 8 others wounded by Boko Haram terrorists in two separate attacks in the last one week.
According to a military statement released late Tuesday, the two attacks took place in the south eastern Diffa region near the border with Nigeria, when 5 soldiers were ambushed and killed on Monday morning by the terror group, while 6 others were wounded.
The statement said an earlier incident on September 8, two soldiers were killed and two others wounded when their patrol vehicle went over an Improvised Explosive Device, IED.
It would be recalled that early this month, 5 villagers were killed and 3 wounded in the same area in another attack by the same terrorists for the first time since early June.
Meanwhile, in a latest video released by Boko Haram, its self acclaimed leader, Abubakar Shekau was nowhere to be found, apparently, confirming claims by the Nigerian army that he had been gravely wounded in an air strike on August 23.
Instead, an unidentified man in a flowing white robe and a sword dangling by his side presiding over Eid prayers in a mosque shown in a 13-minute video posted on YouTube late last Tuesday.
The man said he is representing Shekau, who had allegedly been ousted by the Islamic State to which Boko Haram pledged allegiance in March 2015.
“My brethren, today is Eid …in the Islamic Caliphate under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau, may Allah protect him,” he says, speaking in the local Hausa language.
“We convey our Eid greetings to our brethren all over the world under the Islamic Caliphate and especially our leader Abubakar Shekau, may Allah protect him,” the man in the video says.
Last month, the IS replaced Shekau with Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the son of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf, in an apparent split in the group whose insurgency has killed some 20,000 and displaced more than 2.6 million since 2009.
Boko Haram has also released a video showing at least one of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok more than two years ago, and called for its detained fighters to be freed.

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