Armed men kidnap 15 girls in Niger

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15 girls have been kidnapped in southeastern Niger.

Boukar Mani Orthe, the mayor of Toumou, said armed men kidnapped the girls on Friday night.

According to the mayor, about 50 unidentified armed men seized the girls in a village about 9 km (6 miles) from the town centre.

On Thursday suspected Boko Haram fighters killed eight people working at French drilling company Foraco’s water well site in Toumour.

Boko Haram has been waging an insurrection since 2009 aimed at establishing an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria. It has launched repeated attacks into neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

The violence has killed thousands of civilians and forced millions to flee their homes in the large Lake Chad basin region.