More than 160 people suspected of having links to Boko Haram have been arrested in Niger’s border area with Nigeria

February 17, 2015 11:30 am

More than 160 people suspected of having links to have
been arrested in Niger’s border area with , which was attacked
this month by the Islamist group, police in Niger said on Monday.

More than 160 people suspected of having links to Boko Haram have been arrested in Niger’s border area with Nigeria. Photo – AP

“We
would like to warmly thank the residents of the region whose
assistance has allowed us to arrest more than 160 suspects,” national
police spokesman Adily Toro said on local television.
The
suspects were being questioned by anti-terror officers, Toro said. They
faced charges of and conspiracy in connection with a terrorist
group.Boko Haram launched a series of cross-border attacks in Niger’s
remote Diffa area on February 6.
The region is across the border from northeastern Nigeria, Boko Haram’s stronghold.
The
wave of arrests came a day after a local governor said several dozen
suspects were arrested at checkpoints on access roads into Zinder,
Niger’s second largest city some 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of
Diffa.
He said some 10,000 people had fled into Zinder to escape the recent violence in Diffa

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