On June 7, the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram kidnapped a Christian woman in the village of Kintchendi in the Diffa region in southeastern Niger. She was released yesterday with a letter to all the Christians living in that area to “leave the town within three days or be killed,” Open Doors USA reports.
Unnamed sources on the ground in Niger told Open Doors that Christians in the region and in other rural areas of Diffa are being told to relocate to the capital city of Niamey. Several families have reportedly already fled the area.
Boko Haram militants have been targeting the region, which borders Nigeria and Chad, since February 2015. As recently as July 2017, the terrorist group reportedly kidnapped 30-40 women and children and executed nine others in the village of Ngalewa.
A month earlier, two female suicide bombers attacked a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Kablewa.
This new attack is one of many from Boko Haram militants, showing that despite the claims of Nigeria’s government, the extremist group is not defeated. In early 2018, President Muhammad Buhari, the current leader of Nigeria, declared that Boko Haram had been defeated. Since that statement, more than 1,300 people have died at the hands of Boko Haram as the terrorist group expands beyond Nigerian borders.