Boko Haram jihadists killed, at least, seven villagers in a series of attacks in southeastern Niger, near the border with Nigeria, a local official and an NGO said, yesterday.
The attackers carried out three separate raids overnight Saturday, said a senior official in the Diffa region, which borders northeastern Nigeria, Boko Haram’s base.
In the course of the raids, they killed seven people, abducted two women and burned down a market and several houses, the official said.
Alternative Espace Citoyen, a group active in the region, posted a message on Facebook which said 11 people had already perished in four attacks.
Last Thursday, a Boko Haram attack in Karidi, a village on the border with Nigeria, killed eight people, including one woman, according to local officials.
On March 9, they killed nine Niger soldiers in an attack in the same area and another seven soldiers perished last month, in another attack on their position near the border.