SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Schools and health centers are closed in the eastern part of Niger amid fear of cross-border attacks by Takfiri Boko Haram militants from Nigeria.
There has been no official government decision for the closure of the schools and the centers in the country’s eastern Diffa region by the government.
The Boko Haram militant group is based in Nigeria but is increasingly staging cross-border raids into Niger.
Admitting the threat of attacks by the Takfiri militants in Diffa region, Niger’s Prime Minister Brigi Rafini promised to take measures next week to relocate the students to schools that are open elsewhere.
“The security situation is worrying the population of Diffa, we are hoping for schools and health centers to reopen quickly so that people can resume their normal lives,” a humanitarian source said, according to The Associated Press.
“Some are saying they have seen armed men in the town and others are talking of a bomb attack,” the humanitarian source said. “There is a fear psychosis.”
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden,” says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government. It has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly shooting attacks and bombings in various parts of Nigeria since the beginning of its activities in 2009, which have left more than 10,000 people dead so far.