AFRICA/NIGER - Tensions and violence in the area adjacent to the mission of Father Maccalli

Thursday, 10 January 2019 violence   armed groups   mission   missionaries  

Niamey (Agenzia Fides) - Tension in Niger continues: Agenzia Fides receives reports of current military operations against Boko Haram. "The affected region is that of the extreme south-east of the country, in the area of Lake Chad, on the border with Nigeria and Chad", says Father Marco Pada of the Society for African Missions to Fides. "In particular - continues the missionary - according to a statement by the Ministry of Defense, the banks of the river Komadougou and some islands of the lake are the areas most affected by the violence.
There is talk of 200 terrorists who have been killed in air strikes, while another hundred during ground actions".
Father Marco points out that "attacks on positions of the government army and security forces by armed groups, probably related to jihadism, do not cease in the department of Torodi, about 60 km east of the capital of Niamey, and not far from Bomoanga. On January 3 one person died and one was wounded in the ranks of the National Guard of Niger (GNN) in the latest attack". (MP/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 10/1/2019)