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1 000 Nigerians flee to Niger after attack

2012-12-06 22:13

Niamey - More than 1 000 Nigerians have fled to neighbouring Niger after six people were killed in an attack on their village blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram, the United Nations said on Thursday.

The 1 042 refugees crossed the northern border into the Niger region of Diffa after the 30 November attack, and have been taken in by families in two villages near the regional capital, the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a bulletin.

A teacher in the village confirmed the attack to local media. He said the attackers told villagers they were looking for "politicians" and "coldly killed" six people, including a police officer, after the victims were unable to recite verses of the Qur'an .

A security source said Niger's army has deployed reinforcements along its border with Nigeria, a focus of worry for Nigerien authorities who have often assured they are taking measures to stop Boko Haram's activities from spilling over into Niger.

Violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria - a country roughly divided between a mainly Muslim north and a predominantly Christian south - is believed to have left some 3 000 people dead there since 2009, including killings by the security forces.

Comments
  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-07 11:15

    More imperialist Islamists spreading violence everywhere they go.

  • ryanadebola.jaiyeola - 2012-12-07 14:33

    Its getting out of hand now....

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