Hundreds of Boko Haram extremists attacked a military post in Niger near the country’s border with Nigeria, killing at least 32 soldiers, Niger’s defense ministry said on Saturday.

The attack in Bosso on Friday left 30 Niger soldiers and two soldiers from Nigeriadead, the ministry said in a statement, adding that at least 67 other soldiers were wounded.

“They burned houses, looted food stores and shops, and burned the military post before fleeing with weapons and ammunition,” said Adam Boukarna, a deputy in Bosso.

Residents left Bosso during the attacks and headed to Toumour, about 30km to the west, he said.