Niger president urges country not to be cowed by Boko Haram

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Niamey, Feb 12: Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou urged the nation to stand up to Boko Haram Islamists from Nigeria who have launched repeated cross-border attacks in recent days.

"Our country will not go down in history as having been cowed by an enemy that wants to cover our country in darkness," Issoufou said yesterday in a speech broadcast on national radio, urging Nigeriens to support the country's security forces in their battle against the militants.

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Boko Haram has been stepping up attacks on neighbouring states in recent weeks. 

Niamey has imposed a state of emergency in the Diffa region along the border with Nigeria over the Boko Haram violence. It also plans to supply troops to a regional force to combat the militants. The state of emergency in Diffa will give regions governor, the power to introduce new restrictions without passing any laws. 

PTI

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