Terrorists group, Boko Haram was on Sunday bombed by Chadian army helicopter killing dozens near a village on the border with Niger.
According to a Niger military official, the helicopters destroyed several vehicles and motorcycles carrying Islamists in the Nigerian village of Djaboullam, which is east across the border from the Niger town of Diffa.
“Niger and Chad had received intelligence that a group of Boko Haram fighters had gathered in the border village,” the officer said.
Niger and Chadian soldiers have been fighting the Islamist militants in a joint mission with Nigeria and Cameroon since March 2, in a bid to end Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency in northern Nigeria that is threatening regional stability.
Reports say Boko Haram fighters had moved to Djaboullam after they were chased from other towns by the Nigerian army. Militants were also gathering in other border towns from where they routinely launch mortar rounds into Niger, he said.
“We know they are massing in Malam Fatori, waiting for us to come,” he said,
The regional offensive launched this year comes as Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy, prepares to hold elections on March 28.
The offensive has succeeded in driving the militants from several towns and districts they previously held. Chad and Niger forces captured the town of Damasak from the militants last week.