Boko Haram attacks in Niger villages kill 40, says official

Governor of the Diffa region said the attackers pillaged stores and burned homes in the early hours of the morning before withdrawing from the villages located near the border with Nigeria.



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Published: Thu 18 Jun 2015, 10:16 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:58 PM

Niamey - The governor of the Diffa region in Niger says that an attack by the extremist group Boko Haram based in neighbouring Nigeria has killed 40 people in two villages.

Governor Yakouba Soumana Goah said on Thursday the attackers pillaged stores and burned homes in the early hours of the morning before withdrawing from the villages located near the border with Nigeria.

He added that the army went in pursuit of the attackers.

Boko Haram last attacked Niger in April and killed at least 58 people.

Boko Haram took control of a large swath of northeast Nigeria until a multinational force this year forced them out of towns and villages but it still engages in cross-border hit and run attacks.


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