18 killed in Nigeria Boko Haram terror attack

Boko Haram has launched a series of assaults against Nigerian troops in recent months [Reuters]

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum on Friday announced that 18 people were killed in an attack earlier this week by the Boko Haram terror group.

During a visit to the Damasak region, the governor indicated that a further 21 people were injured during the Tuesday terror attack.

Anadolu Agency reports that the army launched air and ground operations against the terror group in the region, quoting army spokesman Mohammed Yerima.

Yerima said terrorists were killed and shelters, belonging to the terror group were destroyed during the army’s offensive.

Damasak is a grain-producing town along Lake Chad on Nigeria’s border with Niger.

Boko Haram launched a bloody insurgency in 2009, in northeastern Nigeria but later spread its atrocities to neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a military response.

More than 30,000 people have been killed and nearly three million displaced in a decade of Boko Haram’s terror activities in Nigeria, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

(With input from Anadolu Agency)