Boko Haram attacks force Canadian withdrawal in Niger

Screen grab image taken on February 9, 2015, from a video made available by Islamist group Boko Haram, leader Abubakar Shekau makes a statement at an undisclosed locationCanadian special forces participating in military training in southeast Niger, near the border with Nigeria, were ordered to withdraw recently to avoid battling with Boko Haram Islamists, the military said Thursday. The troops had been posted to the town of Diffa, where the government of Niger declared a state of emergency on February 11 following attacks in the region that borders Boko Haram’s stronghold in northeast Nigeria.

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