Nigeria: 14 civilians killed by Niger army mistaken for jihadists


Nearly 14 people who were missing were killed by Niger’s army on Thursday in the fidgety southeast where Boko Haram Islamists have carried out dramatic normal attacks.

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“It’s an error by the military that cost the lives of 14 civilians… refugees and displaced people,” the official from Diffa region stated.

“The soldiers mistook them for Boko Haram fighters. The army has been on edge after the last two attacks in this area,” he stated.

Civil and military officials in Diffa were not right away available for remark.

The regional official stated that the non-military had been coming back to their village in the Abadam area.

“They had not warned the authorities” he stated.

Boko Haram is situated in Nigeria but has performed cross-border attacks.

In May 2015, Niger officials rescued civilians from the border zone as military operations against the Nigeria-based Boko Haram achieved quickness.

The judgement was not accepted with many villagers who were enforced into camps for dislocating individuals. Regardless of entry prohibition, several have been coming to be inclined to their crops.

The information regarding the death of civilians came just two days after Diffa officials stated Boko Haram had abducted 37 children and cut the throats of about nine other people in the village of Ngalewa.

Two women officials conducted a suicide bombing attack on 29 June in the nearby village of Kabalewa.

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Since 2015, Diffa has been facing Boko Haram attacks against military and civilians.
Nearly 300,000 people dislocated by jihadist attacks have taken protection in the region.