At least seven Niger soldiers were killed and more than a dozen others wounded this week in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the country’ s southeast, the government said on Friday .
“ The provisional toll for the cowardly terror attack on Wednesday night in Toummour is seven dead , seventeen wounded and one soldier missing , ” said a cabinet statement .
Toummour is located in the Diffa administrative region , which lies on the border with Nigeria and Chad. It has suffered a string of deadly Boko Haram attacks since February 2015 , although the area has been relatively calm in recent months.
Last week, the United Nations said there had been a sharp fall in the number of Niger civilians kidnapped , killed or wounded by Boko Haram last year , citing an overall toll of 141 compared with 227 a year earlier .
It did not detail the number of military casualties .
Boko Haram launched an insurgency in northeast Nigeria in 2009 that in 2015 spilt into Niger. It also affects the country’ s other neighbours, Chad and Cameroon.
Overall , more than 20 , 000 people have been killed and more than 2 . 6 million displaced in the conflict .