Ji­hadists in Niger kid­nap 37 women

Mil­i­tants slit the throats of 9 other peo­ple

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Boko Haram ji­hadists have kid­napped 37 women and slit the throats of nine other peo­ple at a vil­lage in south­east­ern Niger, the re­gional gov­er­nor said yes­ter­day. The at­tack hap­pened on Sun­day at the vil­lage of Ngalewa, near the bor­der with Nige­ria, the gov­er­nor of Diffa re­gion, Laouali Ma­hamane Dan Dano, told state TV. “Boko Haram el­e­ments... slit the throats of nine peo­ple... they took women, 37 women, and de­parted with them,” he said. “The de­fense and se­cu­rity forces are al­ready in pur­suit, and we hope that in the com­ing days th­ese women will be found and freed,” he said. The gov­er­nor, who went to Ngalewa on Mon­day, said the vil­lage had been sin­gled out be­cause it was known for its re­sis­tance to the ji­hadists. The as­sailants came by foot for greater stealth, he said. The vil­lage’s mayor, Abari El Hadj Daouda said by phone that the at­tack hap­pened on Sun­day evening, “be­tween 10 and 11pm.” “About 30 or 40 women and chil­dren were kid­napped... (and) nine peo­ple killed,” he said.

The vil­lage lies a few kilo­me­ters (miles) north of the town of Ka­balewa, where there was a sui­cide at­tack last Wed­nes­day. Diffa, which as a pop­u­la­tion of around 600,000 peo­ple, has suf­fered a string of at­tacks by the Nige­ria-based Boko Haram since 2015. Around 300,000 peo­ple dis­placed by ji­hadist at­tacks have taken refuge in the re­gion, which al­ready grap­ples with grind­ing poverty. In April 2014, Is­lamist mil­i­tants seized 276 school­girls from the re­mote north­east Nige­rian town of Chi­bok, trig­ger­ing global con­dem­na­tion and draw­ing at­ten­tion to the bloody Boko Haram in­sur­gency. Fifty-seven es­caped in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math. Of the 219 who did not man­age to flee, 106 have ei­ther been re­leased or found, leav­ing 113 still miss­ing. The at­tack on Sun­day co­in­cided with a visit to Niger’s west­ern neigh­bor Mali by French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron, aimed at boost­ing multi­na­tional ef­forts to fight ji­hadism in coun­tries south of the Sa­hara. The so-called G5 Sa­hel na­tions-Burk­ina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mau­ri­ta­nia and Niger-plan to set up a re­gional force.— AFP

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