Seven soldiers and 38 militants died in an attack by Boko Haram’s militants in southeastern Niger, the defence ministry said on Sunday March 10th.
In a statement read on state television, the ministry said: "Armed forces... strongly repelled an attack by the terrorist group Boko Haram on the outskirts of Gueskerou", according to AFP.
Gueskerou is located in the Niger region of Diffa close to the birthplace of Boko Haram in neighbouring northeastern Nigeria.
The statement added: “five vehicles belonging to the attackers and a large quantity of weapons (four AK47 rifles, eight machine guns, two RPG rocket launchers, ammunition) were recovered".
The attack that occurred on Friday was the second in less than a month and targeted a remote military position on Lake Chad, which straddles Niger, Nigeria and Chad, the scene of many raids by the militant group since 2015.
16, seven Niger soldiers were killed on February during an attack on Chetima Wangou, also in southeastern Niger.
In early January, the Niger army claimed to have killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants in days of land and air raids.
In November, around a dozen girls were taken in raids on several border villages in the southeast.
In the same month, seven local employees of a French drilling firm and a government official were killed after suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed their compound.
Boko Haram's bloody insurgency began in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 but has since spread into neighbouring countries, prompting a regional military response.