Niger Says Arrested More Than 600 People for Boko Haram Links Since February

Security Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou told parliament, Niger has detained and charged 643 people since February for their links to the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram. Massaoudou said, several Boko Haram networks and sleeper cells have been dismantled in Niger's southern Diffa region, which is on the border with Nigeria, since a state of emergency was declared there in February and troops deployed. The minister told parliament late on Tuesday, "If this measure had not been taken, we could have had an uprising in the very interior of Diffa."