In an attack in south-eastern Niger by the militant group Boko Haram, several people died, according to local sources on Saturday, March 9th.
"There have been deaths, including police, and also some wounded, in this attack by Boko Haram," an official in Diffa, a region of Niger close to the birthplace of Boko Haram in neighbouring north-eastern Nigeria.
The attack on Friday by "heavily armed" assailants who were travelling in a dozen or so vehicles targeted a military position near Gueskerou in the Diffa region, according to unconfirmed social media posts by residents.
Also, an official from the Diffa governorate and a municipal Gueskerou source confirmed the attack but did not elaborate.
"We do not have a precise toll, we are waiting for the military command to make an evaluation," the official said.