Suspected kihadists killl six people in Niger
At least six people were killed last week by suspected jihadists in Niger, authorities said on Friday.
“Six people, including a policeman, two customs officers and three civilians, were killed during the attacks overnight from Wednesday to Thursday,” the interior ministry said in a statement.
“The Makaldoni border post — where customs officers, gendarmes and police officers are stationed — lies in a zone frequently targeted by jihadists,” wrote AFP.
Jihadists have had control over much of Northern Mali since a coup attempt in 2012, which has enabled them to recruit, train and equip fighters for nearly a decade. From there, fighters have crossed the borders into Niger and Burkina Faso, persecuting anyone who opposes their extremist agenda, especially Christian believers.