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31 Jan 2019 | 02:15 AM UTC

Niger: Boko Haram militants kill four in Diffa region January 28

Niger News Alert

Boko Haram militants attack village near Bosso (Diffa region) on January 28; at least four people killed

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/30/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/4/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Diffa region, Niger

Event

Boko Haram militants attacked a village near Bosso (Diffa region) on Monday, January 28. According to local sources, the militants killed four farmers and burned down several buildings before fleeing toward Lake Chad. Further attacks by Boko Haram militants are possible in the area in the near term.

Context

Niger faces a high threat from terrorism, including armed attacks and abductions. Militant Islamist cells from various Nigerian and Malian terrorist groups - including Boko Haram as well as Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), and Al-Mourabitoun - are all active in the country.

Advice

Individuals throughout Niger should exercise vigilance when visiting sites deemed particularly likely to be targeted by an attack (e.g. government buildings, prominent hotels, etc.) and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.

As a reminder, many Western governments advise their citizens against travel to areas in the north and west of the country, as well areas along the borders with Burkina Faso and Nigeria, due to the high risk of terrorist activity.

 

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