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Boko Haram attacks island on Niger side of Lake Chad
Boko Haram gunmen attacked an island on the Niger side of Lake Chad, with locals reporting heavy casualties among those who fled but no official confirmation of the death toll. A private radio station in Niger said that two people died in a fire in the remote village on Sunday evening but one survivor spoken to by AFP said the death toll was higher. Abubakar Gamandi, the head of the fishermen's ...(3/2/2015 1:32:32 PM)
Niger APC, gov clash over debt
The All Progressives Congress in Niger State on Sunday expressed concern over the debt burden hanging on the state due to reckless loans collected over the years. A statement by the APC spokesman, Jonathan Vatsa, stated that besides commercial term loans, the government had also gone to the capital market to collect bonds which outstanding...  [Read More...](3/1/2015 8:29:12 PM)
Niger air force bombs fish traders thought to finance Boko Haram
By Abdoulaye Massalaki NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger's air force has bombed a convoy of trucks carrying smoked fish to Nigeria, a trade banned by local officials because it is suspected of helping to finance the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, security sources said on Wednesday. The people in the trucks fled over the border into Nigeria, the source said. Niger officials say Boko Haram taxes ...(2/25/2015 12:54:42 PM)
Niger to set up 150 bln CFA franc debut sukuk programme
Niger's government will establish an Islamic bond programme worth 150 billion CFA francs ($260 million), permitting its first issue of sukuk, with assistance from the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank [ISDBA.UL], the Jeddah-based body said. African markets are gradually opening to Islamic finance, encouraged by governments' debut sales of sovereign sukuk and legislative efforts ...(2/26/2015 1:42:49 AM)
Niger President replaces foreign minister ahead of 2016 poll
Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou on Wednesday replaced his foreign minister, appointing him instead as minister of state at the presidency ahead of elections next year. Mohamed Bazoum, a close ally of the president's and a leading figure in his ruling PNDS party, will be replaced by Aichatou Kane Boulama, who was formerly the prime minister's chief of staff, according to a government ...(2/26/2015 2:13:58 AM)
Refugees in Niger live under shadow of Boko Haram
Aboubacar, usually a worker for a non-governmental organisation, has now taken on another, more ominous role: watching out for suicide bombers. "We watch everyone," he said in Niger's second-largest city of Zinder. His fears reflect the shifting threat of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, which has in recent weeks carried out attacks across the border from its base in northeastern Nigeria as ...(2/20/2015 6:50:48 AM)
Niger approves sending troops to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram
By Abdoulaye Massalaki NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger's parliament has unanimously approved sending troops to northern Nigeria as part of a regional offensive against the Islamist Boko Haram insurgent group that has staged several cross-border attacks over the past week. Security sources said soldiers in Diffa, a town on Niger's border with Nigeria, shot dead a suicide bomber heading on foot towards a ...(2/10/2015 5:34:53 PM)
Boko Haram attacks island on Niger side of Lake Chad - sources
By Abdoulaye Massalaki NIAMEY (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants attacked an island on Niger's side of Lake Chad late on Friday and heavy fighting ensued as the army sought to repel them, residents and security sources said. The Lake Chad area - a vast maze of tiny islands and swampland sheltering thousands of Nigerian refugees - is thought to be serving as a hideout for the Islamist insurgent ...(2/21/2015 8:47:48 AM)
Thousands march to support Niger army after Boko Haram attacks
By Abdoulaye Massalaki NIAMEY (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people marched through Niger's capital Niamey on Tuesday to support the country's military following a series of attacks along the border with Nigeria carried out by Boko Haram militants. In raids that included suicide bombings, Boko Haram, which is seeking to carve an Islamist emirate from northern Nigeria, repeatedly struck Diffa ...(2/17/2015 9:00:17 AM)
Niger investigates airstrike on Boko Haram that killed 36 civilians
Niger’s government has opened an official investigation into an airstrike that killed 36 civilians in the town of Abadam earlier this week, a move that could destabilize the multinational military force tasked with defeating the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. On Tuesday, mourners were gathering for a funeral in Abadam when an unidentified military plane bombed them, likely mistaking them for ...(2/20/2015 9:59:39 AM)
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