Suspected Boko Haram insurgents carried out an attack in Niger, killing scores of people.
BBC reports with reference to the country officials that at least 38 people died in the Wednesday night raid.
Bulu Mammadu disclosed that there were women and children among the victims shot dead in two villages.
According to Reuters, the atrocity took place in southern Niger’s Diffa region, with the death toll reaching at least 30. A security source fears this figure might rise.
The security official said: “In all, at least 30 were killed. Some of them died when the houses were set alight.”
Recall that right after the inauguration, President Muhammadu Buhari visited Niger to discuss the security situation in the region. Nigerien troops are part of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) fighting Boko Haram insurgency. Speaking during the G7 Summit in Germany, President Buhari said he had directed the release of the $21million for the needs of the MNJTF.
The terrorists first attacked Niger in February, when suicide bomber detonated an explosive in Diffa town. In less than a month another Boko Haram attack was reported on an island of Niger.
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