19 killed in Niger attack

At least 19 people have been killed in an attack by gunmen on a village near the Mali border in the West African country of Niger. The mayor of a town next to the site reported the killings. This year, civilians in western Niger have become increasingly targets of Islamic militant groups.

The mayor of Tonquindi town, Karidjo Hamado, told Reuters news agency that an armed attack had taken place in and around the village of Danga Jane in the Tillaberi area of ​​western Niger on Thursday. However, he did not say who was responsible for the attack.

Hamado said the miscreants killed three people in the village and others in a nearby field. Niger is often targeted by local groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS) militant groups, such as neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso.

Despite the deployment of thousands of troops from various countries in the region, the United Nations and the Western world across the Sahel region of West Africa, these groups are on the rise.

At least 100 civilians were killed in an attack by suspected Islamic State militants in the Tillaberi area on January 2. In March, another 137 people were killed in a coordinated militant attack in the surrounding Tahua region.

In the past, Niger’s security forces have been the main target of militant attacks, but they have been embroiled in local ethnic clashes for the past few months. This is leading to widespread violence against civilians.

Zayadi / SI

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