Niger: 13 civilians killed Tuesday by Boko Haram in a village in southeast

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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Thirteen civilians were killed and three wounded by gunfire Tuesday night by members of Islamist group Boko Haram in a village near Diffa in southeastern Niger on the border with Nigeria, said the local authorities.

“Thirteen people were executed and three others injured by gunfire during an attack Boko Haram Tuesday night in the village of Ala,” he told AFP Malam Ligari, president of the Regional Council of Diffa.

“It was a quick operation” conducted between 10:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. ET 2100 GMT). The elements of Boko Haram “came on foot in the village” after “crossing the river by canoe Yobe River” natural border between Niger and Nigeria, he explained.

“Boko Haram’s fighters came in number. They burned cars, houses, shops, “said the Anfani private radio.

Since February, Boko Haram continues to carry out deadly attacks in the Diffa region, bordering the north-eastern Nigeria, a stronghold of Islamist insurgents while barely contain his army incursions.

“The biggest problem we have to deal, is control of the border area next to Nigeria,” said, Massaoudou Hassoumi, the Nigerian Minister of the Interior before MPs.

On Tuesday, Parliament had passed a law authorizing the government to “renew for three months” state of emergency declared in February in the area.

“The threat persists and has advanced to the laying of mines, harassment troops and suicide attacks with use of women” suicide bombers, has outraged the Maïdadji MP Issa on television.

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