Niger extends state of emergency in Diffa, other conflict zones by 3 months

Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Nigerien authorities have extended, by three months, the state of emergency clamped on the far eastern region of Diffa and in several departments of the regions of Tahoua and Tllabery (west), according to decisions reached at the weekly council of ministers meeting on Thursday.

The extension is with effect from 18 March.

In a statement, the government explained that the decision followed the ‘deterioration of the security situation’ in those regions, particularly the presence of the terrorist group Boko Haram in Diffa and that of other terrorist groups who invaded all that sub-region, following the crisis in northern Mali.

The state of emergency has been In force since February 2015 in the region of Diffa and since March 2017 in the departments of Ouallam, Ayorou, Bankilaré, Abala, Banibangou (Tillabéry) and Tassara and Tillia (Tahoua).

The measure was to enable security forces deal with the enemy.
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09 مارس 2018 15:45:38

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