12 dead in village attack

NIAMEY (AFP) – A night raid blamed on Boko Haram has left a dozen villagers dead in southeastern Niger on the frontier with Nigeria, a local official said on Saturday.

The attack on Friday night in the border district of Gueskerou, is the latest to hit the Diffa region near Lake Chad, which is crisscrossed by militant groups and traffickers who murder and kidnap people in local communities as they compete for money and influence.

“Twelve villagers were killed on Friday at 8pm by Boko Haram elements,” a local elected official told AFP. He said 11 of those killed had been shot, but did not give further details.

The Gueskerou area, abutting the Komadougou Yoberiver that provides a natural frontier between Niger and Nigeria, has been exposed to years of killings and kidnappings at the hands of the extremist group Boko Haram.