Niger holds activist in air strike case

The top of a number one marketing campaign group in Niger has been detained in a case involving a military air strike on suspected jihadists within the south of the nation, prosecutors mentioned.

Abdoulaye Seydou, head of an activist group referred to as M62, appeared earlier than the Niamey felony court docket on Monday, public prosecutor Chaibou Moussa mentioned on tv within the night. 

He was positioned in preventive detention, Moussa mentioned.

M62 and different civic teams have accused the defence and safety forces of massacring civilians once they launched helicopter raids on an unlawful gold mine final October, on the grounds that the alleged killers of two cops had holed up there.

The federal government has acknowledged air strikes had been carried out after two police had been killed at Tamou, close to the border with Burkina Faso. 

It mentioned seven individuals had been killed and 24 wounded within the raids however the political opposition and civic teams say the dying toll was a lot increased.

Moussa mentioned that after the “terrorist” assault on the police station and the military riposte, “unidentified people” had gone to the gold mine “to burn outlets and warehouses used as dwellings”.

Citing a police investigation, Moussa mentioned the fires had been set to create faux proof to incriminate the military and “again up the claims that there had been massacres”.

Senior M62 official Falmata Taya acknowledged members of the motion had gone to Tamou two days after the air raids however solely “to take a look at info on the bottom”. 

Niger, the poorest state on the earth based on the UN’s Human Growth Index, is battling jihadist insurgencies within the southwest and southeast of the nation.