A total of 38 civilians were killed between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, and over 100 houses burnt during an attack by Boko Haram terrorist group in Niger’s southeast region, near the Nigerian border, official sources said on Thursday in Niamey.
“Boko Haram killed 10 children, 14 women and 14 men during their attacks in Lamana and Ingoumaoua localities within Gueskerou commune,” Niger’s Interior Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou said on national radio, confirming earlier reports by a private radio station, radio ‘Anfani.’
According to radio “Anfani,” some civilians were shot and killed, while others were grouped in houses by the terrorists who later set the houses on fire.
It will be recalled that in the last three months, Niger, just like other countries neighbouring Lake Chad Basin, have come under deadly Boko Haram attacks which have left many civilians and soldiers dead.
The Nigerien and Chadian troops are still engaged in a large scale operation against this Nigerian islamist sect, to remove its fighters from Lake Chad zone which is considered as their stronghold. Endi