Southeastern Niger local mayor, said on Saturday that armed men kidnapped 15 girls overnight.

Iran press/ Africa: Boukar Mani Orthe, the mayor of Toumour in Niger’s Diffa region near the border with Nigeria, said about 50 unidentified armed men seized the girls in a village about 9 km (6 miles) from the town center.

On Thursday suspected Boko Haram fighters killed eight people working at French drilling company Foraco’s water well site in Toumour, reported Africa news.

Boko Haram has been waging an insurrection since 2009 in northeast Nigeria. It has launched repeated attacks into neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
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The terrorist outfit's  activities have devastated the region, leaving at least 20,000 people dead, displacing more than two million others and triggering a humanitarian crisis.

The violence has killed thousands of civilians and forced millions to flee their homes in the large Lake Chad basin region.

Earlier on April 13, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said  that  terrorists  from Nigeria’s Boko Haram group have abducted more than 1,000 children in the northeast since 2013.  203/103


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