Reports have indicated that at least five people were last Friday killed with many others wounded in the latest known attack by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Niger Republic.
According to a local source, the terrorists stormed the southeast Niger community of Toummour, in the southwest Diffa region, near the border with Nigeria, entered the market place and shot sporadically into the crowd.
The terrorists also took food from the dispersed market according to reports.
The state Governor of Diffa, Mahamadou Laoualy Dan, reportedly went to the affected area on Saturday, to offer his condolence to the victims assuring them that 2018 would be a decisive year in the war against the Islamic terrorists, Boko Haram.
Recall that in January, 7 Niger soldiers were killed and 17 wounded in an attack in Toummour located in the east of Diffa and close to the Lake Chad basin.
The place is seen as very strategic in the ongoing war against terrorism as it host the convergence of four borders.
Diffa is said to have suffered several Boko Haram attacks since the insurgency spilled over from Nigeria in 2015 following renewed onslaught against the insurgent group.
It is on record that the terrorists killed at least 26 soldiers and an unknown number of civilians in mid 2016 during an attack in Bosso town which is about 20 kilometers from Toummour.
According to reports, about 582 civilians have been recorded in 244 attacks carried out by Boko Haram in Diffa between 2015 and 2017.