Boko Haram fighters kill at least 15 in
Niger village raid -sources
Niamey - Islamist Boko Haram militants operating
out of Nigeria raided a village across the border in
southern Niger and massacred at least 15 civilians,
Niger security sources said on Friday.
The overnight attack took place in the village of
N'Gourtoua in the Diffa region near the West
African nation's border with Nigeria, as residents
celebrated Tabaski, or Eid al-Adha, the Muslim
festival of sacrifice.
"There were at least 15 villagers killed, either shot or
with their throats slit. Boko Haram also burned down
a number of houses and looted shops," one of the
A second military source confirmed the deaths. Both
sources asked not to be named as they were not
authorised to speak to the media.
A regional offensive by Nigeria, Niger, Chad and
Cameroon earlier this year drove Boko Haram from
much of the territory it held in northern Nigeria. But
the militants have since struck back with a renewed
wave of deadly raids and suicide bombings.
Niger's government has placed Diffa under a state of
emergency, and authorities there have arrested and
imprisoned more than 1,000 suspected militants.
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