At least 20 killed in Niger aid stampede

At least 20 killed in Niger aid stampede
At least 20 people, many of them women and children, have been killed in a stampede in south-eastern Niger, reports say.

Refugees from neighboring Nigeria were queuing for food and profit the town of Diffa when the incident occurred, according to local sources.

Ten other people were injured.

The region houses around 120,000 persons displaced by years of violence carried out by Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria.

People rushed forward to accumulate aid supplies when the gates of the facility were opened in early stages Monday, the BBC's Is'haq Khalid in Nigeria reports.

The aid was supplied by the governor of Nigeria's Borno state who was simply visiting refugee camps in the region, according to AFP news agency.

Militant Islamist group Boko Haram and its offshoots have waged a brutal insurgency in Nigeria since 2009.
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