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Saturday, 8 July 2017

NEWS : Army kills 14 displaced people mistaken for Boko Haram terrorists


Niger’s army has killed 14 displaced people who were mistaken for jihadists in the restive southeast where Boko Haram Islamists have staged regular attacks, a local official said Thursday. “It’s an error by the military that cost the lives of 14 civilians… refugees and displaced people,” the official from the Diffa region, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP. ( Vanguardngr )

A local journalist, also speaking anonymously, confirmed his account. “The soldiers mistook them for Boko Haram fighters. The army has been on edge after the last two attacks in this area,” he said. Civil and military authorities in Diffa were not immediately reachable for comment.
The regional official said the civilians had been returning to their village in the Abadam area — which they had fled due to Boko Haram violence — in order to tend to their fields.

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