…Niger Republic arrests hundreds of suspected militants

Suspected members of the Boko Haram were on the ram­page on Tuesday at two different military locations in the North East, killing a total of 11 people.
They also attacked the palace of the emir of Askira in Askira-Uba local government area of Borno State. on Monday. The casualty figure was not clear at press time, although an earlier attack by them on Sunday night was re­pelled They returned on Monday.
At least three bomb explosions were detonated on Tuesday at a military checkpoint in Biu town, killing eight people, and injuring several others.
The Nigerian military fired back on the attackers and killed 17 of them, a security source told Reuters.
Auwalu Ibrahim, a local pro-government vigilante, said there were children around the check­point when the blasts went off. ?Everyone has been told to go home due to apprehension about the blasts,? he said.
A nurse at the Biu general hos­pital said eight bodies had been brought in from the blast. Six people were receiving treatment for wounds, she added.
In a separate attack bearing the hallmarks of the militant group, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant in Potiskum, Yobe State, killing three people and wounding 12, a hospital source said.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people marched through Ni­ger?s capital Niamey on Tuesday to support their military follow­ing a series of Boko Haram at­tacks along the Nigeria border.
Nigerian soldiers recaptured two towns on Monday as U.S. and regional troops began war games in neighbouring Chad in a grow­ing international campaign.
Nigerien President, Mama­hadou Issoufou, boasted that his country would ?be the tomb? of the terrorist sect.
President Issoufou addressing thousands of countrymen who staged a protest against the sect.

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