Heavy toll after deadly raid in Nigeria's Niger state

Heavy toll after deadly raid in Nigeria’s Niger state

At least 10 people were killed and 160 others kidnapped after a deadly raid on a village in Nigeria’s Niger state, local media reported.

A large number of armed men, suspected to be from Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram, invaded Kuchi village on Friday night.

“Those kidnapped were mostly women and children, while those killed included local hunters who were providing security for the area,” local official Aminu Abdulhamid Najume said.

In 2009, jihadist group Boko Haram launched an insurgency seeking to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic state.

The insurgency has killed tens of thousands and forced more than 2 million people to flee their homes, spawning one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

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