Niger soldier among four killed in Boko Haram prison attack

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A soldier and three Boko Haram members died early Sunday when the Islamists raided a prison in southeastern Niger in a likely bid to free detained colleagues, humanitarian and government sources said.

The attack on the prison at Diffa, near the border with Nigeria, occurred between 0000 and 0100 GMT, a humanitarian source said.

“They killed a captain of the prison guard and three of the attackers died,” the source said, adding that they “came on foot” and were probably trying to free some Boko Haram members held in the prison.

Two other jail guards were injured, the source said. The attackers were dressed in army uniforms and had grenades and assault rifles.