June 22, 2016 / 7:07 AM / 3 years ago

Multinational force has begun operations against Boko Haram

Nigerien soldiers patrol a camp of the city of Diffa during the visit of Niger's Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum following attacks by Boko Haram fighters in the region of Diffa, Niger June 18,2016. Reuters/Luc Gnago

NIAMEY (Reuters) - A multinational force has begun operations against Boko Haram along the border between Niger and Nigeria, a general in Niger said on Tuesday.

Brigadier-General Abdou Sidikou Issa, who is the tactical chief of staff for troops based in Niger’s southern zone of Diffa, said troops from Chad and Nigeria were involved in the operation.

Reporting by Joe Bavier; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Cocks

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