Niger declares state of emergency amid Boko Haram attacks

Niger’s authority imposes state of emergency to beef up security and restricts movements of people and goods after Boko Haram’s attacks

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Niger soldiers provide security for an anti-Boko Haram summit in Diffa city, Niger.

Niger’s authority has declared a state of emergency on the southern region of Diffa on Wednesday, following attacks suspected to be carried out by Boko Haram militant, where at least 40 people have been killed in recent weeks.

A 15-day state of emergency was imposed alongside a curfew to beef up security and restrict movement of goods and peoples, according to a statement released by the Niger’s authority on the state television.  

Since February, Diffa has endured at least 57 attacks according to statistics published by the United Nations.

At least 150,000 refugees from neighbour country Nigeria, who escaped from Boko Haram attacks, are now living in Niger’s Diffa region.

Niger, Chad and Cameroon are suffering from the spill over of Boko Haram’s insurgency with the militant strongholds in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa northern parts of Nigeria.

At least 1,100 suspected Boko Haram militants have been arrested with many surrendering to authorities. 

Regional Multi-national task forces by Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon earlier this year recaptured some Boko Haram held territories in northern Nigeria. However, the militants have launched a renewed tactic of deadly attacks and suicide bombings.  

Meanwhile, the White House administration announced on Wednesday that the United States is sending 300 US troops to Cameroon as part of an effort to counter the Boko Haram militant group that has been active in West African countries since 2009.


TRTWorld and agencies