October 28, 2015 / 11:00 AM / 2 years ago

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 14 civilians in Niger

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 14 people in an overnight attack on a village in southeastern Niger, security sources said on Wednesday.

“They executed at least 14 civilians,” said one of the sources, referring to the village of Ala in the Diffa region near the Nigerian border.

A second security source said that the assailants had looted the village and then set fire to the houses. Niger’s army is pursuing the militants, he added.

Niger’s Diffa region has suffered dozens of cross-border attacks this year by the Islamist militant group whose stronghold in northeast Nigeria lies just a few kilometers away.

Parliament on Tuesday approved a law prolonging a 15-day state of emergency for Diffa by three months in a bid to boost security.

Reporting by Abdoulaye Massalaki, Writing by Emma Farge, Editing by Angus MacSwan

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