Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked the village of Ngaroua-Gana in the commune of Gueskérou (Diffa region) on Wednesday night, July 1, killing at least five civilians and wounding four others. The gunmen also allegedly kidnapped at least one person from the village.
Similar militant attacks are possible in the Diffa region over the near term.
The Diffa region has seen an increase in attacks linked to Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWA) in recent months, including a major assault on a military camp outside Diffa on May 3. Security has since been increased in the region, but further attacks remain likely in the medium term.
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, 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.
Individuals in the Diffa region are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Niger remains complex and professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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