6067AF5D-73AC-4367-8506-D285C097B07D_w640_r1_sNiger’s government says 46 soldiers and 28 civilians were killed over the weekend as troops battled Boko Haram militants for control of an island in Lake Chad. Niger’s special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa, March 26, 2015. Niger said it lost 46 soldiers and 28 civilians in weekend clashes with the Islamist militants. Niger’s special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa, March 26, 2015. Niger said it lost 46 soldiers and 28 civilians in weekend clashes with the Islamist militants. Officials said Tuesday that 156 militants also were killed in the clashes, which began after Boko Haram attacked an army base on Karamga island on Saturday. Niger’s army said it has since retaken control of the island. Read Article