Niger border region fears Boko Haram incursion

Man poses in Yola, state capital of Adamawa, on December 4, 2014 after taking part in an operation against Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko HaramTowns in Niger are living in fear following the advance of extremist group Boko Haram into neighbouring northeast Nigeria, the mayor of a border town told AFP on Monday. Boko Haram overran two Nigerian towns near Niger in October after fierce fighting with the Nigerian army. “Nearly all the villages and all the big towns in Nigeria near to Niger are now under Boko Haram’s control. We are living in fear of attacks from the Islamists,” said Hankaraou Biri Kassoum, the mayor of one border town in Niger, Diffa.

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