Niger army repels fresh Boko Haram attack on border town

February 8, 2015 6:46 PM

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DIFFA, Niger (Reuters) - Niger's army repelled the second attack in three days by Boko Haram on the border town of Diffa on Sunday, a day before its parliament votes on whether to join a regional offensive against the Nigerian Islamist group.

Several people were killed in fierce early morning fighting when Boko Haram gunmen attempted to advance toward the town but were pushed back by the army, military sources said. Residents reported hearing heavy weapons fire.

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