Armed men kidnap 15 children in southeastern Niger

Armed men kidnap 15 children in southeastern Niger

Armed men kidnap 15 children in southeastern Niger

NIGER

Armed men kidnapped 15 girls overnight in southeastern Niger, the local mayor said on Saturday.

Boukar Mani Orthe, the mayor of Toumour in Niger’s Diffa region near the border with Nigeria, said about 50 unidentified armed men seized the girls in a village about 9 km (6 miles) from the town center.

On Thursday suspected Boko Haram fighters killed eight people working at French drilling company Foraco’s water well site in Toumour.

The violence has killed thousands of civilians and forced millions to flee their homes in the large Lake Chad basin region.

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