Weapons have cracked again in Niger, in a border region with Nigeria. On the night of Sunday, July 2, unidentified elements broke into Ngalewa, killed nine people and kidnapped dozens of others.
According to the mayor of Abba Gata Issa and a journalist who confirmed the information to the Reuters news agency, they are undoubtedly members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram. They arrived on camels around 9:00 am (2:00 GMT ) before embarking on their offensive. According to the mayor, about forty women and children were abducted.
This new attack comes less than a week after a suicide bombing near a refugee camp in Kabaléwa, south-eastern Niger, which killed four people, including the two suicide bombers. Once again, the operational mode was similar to that of Boko Haram.
Despite the mobilization of its army, Niger continues to undergo attacks by the jihadist group, especially in the region of Diffa, which has some 600,000 inhabitants.
In March, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou said Boko Haram was “being weakened” by the coalition of regional armies. Since last December, 150 Nigerian fighters from Boko Haram have laid down their arms and surrendered to the Nigerian authorities, according to Diffa’s authorities.
Axadle International Monitoring – Africa