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Dozens of Suspected Boko Haram Sympathizers Arrested in Niger

Several dozen people suspected of having links to Nigeria's Boko Haram have been arrested in southern Niger since the start of cross-border attacks by the Islamist group a week ago, a local governor said.

"In the region of Zinder, we have a few dozen people whom we arrested for checking. They are suspects," Kalla Moutari told AFP in an interview late Saturday, adding that they were citizens of Niger.

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Chad Leader Snubs Diplomacy to Lead Fight against Boko Haram

Chad's President Idriss Deby has taken up the fight against Boko Haram at the risk of offending diplomatic sensibilities in Africa, but to the delight of his international allies.

One Western diplomat described Deby, who seized power in 1990, as "first and foremost a fighter," who for years had battled rebels intent on ousting him from power, while at the same time arming those fighting the authorities in neighboring Sudan.

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Boko Haram Takes on Chadian Forces in NE Nigeria Town

Boko Haram on Wednesday launched a pre-dawn raid in Gamboru, northeastern Nigeria, looking to overwhelm Chadian troops who had pushed them out of the border town.

The military in N'Djamena said the militants were repelled but the counter-attack was an indication of the task facing regional forces aiming to crush the rebellion.

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Niger Declares State of Emergency in Region Attacked by Boko Haram

Niger's government on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in the Diffa region along the border with Nigeria, which has been attacked repeatedly by Boko Haram in recent days.

"The state of emergency is proclaimed in the Diffa region for a period of 15 days," a statement read on state radio said. The measure will grant increased powers to security forces, including to carry out searches.

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U.N. Worried about Fate of 125,000 Nigerian Refugees in Niger

The U.N. food agency on Tuesday voiced concern for the 125,000 Nigerian refugees who have fled to southeast Niger, where Boko Haram militants have launched attacks in recent days.

"The World Food Program is particularly concerned by the attacks in the north of Nigeria which are spreading to Niger, forcing thousands of people to flee," WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said.

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Niger Parliament Votes to Send Troops to Nigeria to Fight Boko Haram

Niger's parliament voted unanimously on Monday to send troops to Nigeria to join a regional fight against Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, lawmakers said.

"The resolution was passed unanimously. All 102 lawmakers present voted favourably," said lawmaker Mohamed Ben Omar. Another member of parliament said the resolution authorises the country to send some 750 troops to Nigeria.

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Boko Haram in New Niger Attack as MPs Vote on Sending Troops

Nigeria's Boko Haram fighters launched a fresh attack in neighboring Niger on Monday, as parliament in Niamey was set to vote on joining a regional force against the Islamists.

The insurgents raided a prison in the southeastern border town of Diffa, which they first attacked on Friday, but were repelled after a heavy exchange of fire, humanitarian sources said.

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Boko Haram in New Niger Attacks as Suicide Bomber Kills 1, Hurts 20

Boko Haram fighters waged twin attacks Sunday in Niger, their latest front in an expanding regional insurgency, claiming at least one life, reportedly that of a child.

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'109 Boko Haram Fighters Dead' after First Attack on Niger

Boko Haram launched its first major attack in Niger on Friday, triggering a forceful response from regional troops who claimed to have killed more than a hundred of the Islamists.

The clashes in Bosso and Diffa, along the border with Nigeria, marked yet another expansion of violence attributed to Boko Haram, but it seemed to have come at a heavy cost.

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Boko Haram Attacks Niger for First Time

Boko Haram militants on Friday launched an attack on a border town in Niger that left a number of people dead, the first such assault in the country by the Islamists now being hunted by regional forces.

Soldiers repelled the assault on the town of Bosso, but it marked yet another expansion of violence attributed to Boko Haram, which has waged a worsening six-year insurgency centered in northeastern Nigeria. 

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