Gun­men at­tack Niger prison hold­ing ex­trem­ists

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Niger’s in­te­rior and pub­lic se­cu­rity min­is­ter says gun­men at­tacked a prison that holds ji­hadists and were re­pelled by se­cu­rity forces.

Mo­hamed Ba­zoum said at least one at­tacker blew him­self up early yes­ter­day at Koutoukale prison, about 40 kilo­me­tres from the cap­i­tal, Ni­amey. Ba­zoum said a num­ber of ex­trem­ists, no­tably from Mali, are held in the prison.

The at­tack comes days af­ter sus­pected ex­trem­ists ab­ducted an Amer­i­can aid worker, killing two peo­ple be­fore flee­ing with the man to­ward the border with Mali.

Land­locked Niger is sur­rounded by in­sta­bil­ity and threats of ex­trem­ist vi­o­lence by Nige­ria’s Boko Haram in­sur­gents to the south, alQaida-linked Is­lamic ex­trem­ists in Mali to the west and ji­hadists in Libya to the north.

In 2013, Boko Haram at­tacked a prison in Ni­amey.

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