Diffa Operations Update, Niger: July 2017
On the 2nd of July, a group of suspected insurgents attacked the village of N’Gelewa, around 10km from Kablewa, where they murdered 9 men, and kidnapped 37 people (24 women and 13 children).
A total of 12 other incidents were reported throughout the month including: 5 arrests of suspected members of the insurgent group and the robbery of 2million naira from a trader.
The 6 other incidents were carried out by suspected members of the insurgent group, including the murder of 5 people and the burning of houses in Dagaya, the robbery of a herd of 200 livestock and the murder of a herder in Nuigmi, the torture and robbery of the population of the village on Ngarwa on the 21st of July, and the kidnapping of a Nigerian refugee who was later released for ransom in Elhadji Mainari. In addition to these incident, firearms were discovered in the commune of Maine Soroa.
Due to this climate of insecurity, on the 18th of July, the FDS carried out a widespread security operation to secure public spaces including the bus station and the market. Almost 300 people were arrested due to a lack of identity documentation.
However the FDS themselves also pose a risk in terms of collateral damage. It is reported that 14 people were accidentally killed in June, while two more were accidentally killed by missiles on the 25th of July.
This resurgence of criminal acts hinders the re-establishment of income generating activities in the region.