Armed men have abducted 15 girls overnight from a village near Toumour in southeastern Niger, the local mayor said on Saturday, November 24th.
Boukar Mani Orthe, the mayor of Toumour in the Diffa region of Niger near the border with Nigeria, said about 50 unidentified armed men kidnapped the girls in a village about six miles from the town center.
Some reports suggest the kidnapping was carried out by suspected members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram.
The mayor also added that on Thursday suspected Boko Haram fighters killed eight people working at French drilling company Foraco’s water well site in Toumour.
Boko Haram violence has killed thousands of civilians and forced millions to flee their homes in the large Lake Chad basin region. Kidnapping of schoolgirls has been a Boko Haram horror mark since its fighters in 2014 kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, in Nigeria.