According to reports by CNN, 160 suspected Boko Haram militants have allegedly been arrested by Niger authorities. The sect were involved in deadly attacks near that country’s border with Nigeria, a national police spokesman said Tuesday.
The arrests happened over the last two days in Niger’s Diffa region, which borders Nigeria. Those taken into custody include Kaka Bunu, who the police spokesman said was “involved in the recruitment of (Boko Haram) members.”
Boko Haram has been waging a years-long campaign of violence and terror aimed at instituting its extreme version of Sharia law. Much of this activity has been focused in Nigeria, though neighboring countries including Niger, Cameroon and Chad have also been hit by Boko Haram attacks.