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ICC Note: The region surrounding Diffa, Niger has been placed under a 15day state of emergency in order to increase security through curfews and restriction of movement. The action follows a series of attacks by the Islamic radical group Boko Haram where in recent weeks, the insurgents have murdered at least 40 people. Diffa has experienced at least 57 attacks since February, according to the United Nations. Boko Haram continues to target Christian communities and has recently expanded to targeting Muslim populations. 

10/17/2015 Niger (Reuters) – Niger imposed a state of emergency on the southeastern region of Diffa on Wednesday where at least 40 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks blamed on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

The 15-day state of emergency will allow authorities to beef up security, impose a curfew and restrict the movement of goods and people, according to a statement on state television. The government instituted similar measures in February.

Niger, Cameroon and Chad have all suffered a spillover of violence from Boko Haram’s northern Nigerian strongholds and Niger has arrested at least 1,100 suspected Boko Haram militants this year.

Diffa has endured at least 57 attacks since February, statistics published by the UnitedNations on Friday showed.

At least 150,000 refugees seeking protection from Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria live in Niger’s Diffa region.

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