Niger suicide attack: 9 killed

Nine people were killed in three suicide bombings in southeastern
Niger near the border with Nigeria, a local official said Tuesday.
The attacks occurred late Monday in the regional capital of Diffa, a
frequent target of the Boko Haram jihadist group, the official, who
asked not to be identified, told AFP.
He said “two young women and a man” blew themselves up in
different parts of the city, adding that an Islamic school in a busy
area was one of the targets. “For the moment there are nine dead,
and wounded,” he said. Security forces have cordoned off the sites
and are carrying out search operations throughout the city, a
security source said. According to accounts on social media, three
explosions were heard at around 10pm (2100 GMT) Monday in
Diffa Koura, an old district of the city.
The attacks came as Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou arrived
in Paris for an official visit Monday. He is to continue to Brussels
Tuesday. They also follow several months of calm in the Diffa
region which since February 2015 has suffered numerous attacks
by Boko Haram based across the border in northeast Nigeria.
In late April, Niamey announced a military operation against Boko
Haram in the region of Lake Chad, which links Niger, Chad, Nigeria
and Cameroon. The group, which is seeking an Islamic state based
on Sharia law, has caused the deaths of at least 20,000 people
since it took up arms in 2009 in Nigeria.

2 Comments

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