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Niger: Boko haram fighters surrender

Niger: Boko haram fighters surrender

Niger’s interior minister Bazoum Mohamed says close to thirty Boko Haram fighters in the South east of Niger have surrendered to the army.

Shortly after surrendering the former Boko Haram fighters begged for pardon telling officials that they have noticed that the actions of the terrorist group are unacceptable.

The fighters are currently being held in a secured centre.
Among them are twenty six men and three women.

A government source told reporters that the ex fighters could benefit from amnesty before reintegration into society.

In January 2015, a municipal official of Diffa, reported the “departures of many young people” who were attracted to the offers of Boko Haram, which offers them up to 300,000 CFA francs, an equivalent of 500 euros per month”.

The Diffa region houses more than 300,000 refugees and internally displaced persons.