Niger air strike kills 14 civilians mistaken for jihadists

Niamey, Niger — An air strike by Niger’s army has killed 14 displaced people who were mistaken for jihadists in the restive southeast where Boko Haram Islamists have staged regular attacks, regional officials said Thursday.

The victims were farmers who had fled the area around the village of Abadam on the Nigerian border due to the raging insurgency. They were killed in an air strike Wednesday as they returned to check on their crops, officials said.

Abadam lies within an evacuated no-go zone which is only accessible with prior authorization and officials said military personnel assumed they must have been Boko Haram fighters, given their location.

“There have unfortunately be…

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