Armed males kill at the least 58 in assault on Niger market sellers | World Information
Niamey: Gunmen on bikes attacked a gaggle of civilians getting back from a market day in a risky nook of Niger, leaving at the least 58 individuals useless after which burning granaries to the bottom, the federal government has mentioned.
There was no instant declare of accountability for Monday’s massacres, although extremists belonging to the Islamic State within the Larger Sahara group are recognized to be energetic within the Tillaberi area the place the villages have been attacked.
The victims have been returning residence from a big livestock market in Banibangou, close to Niger’s troubled border with Mali. The suspected extremists additionally destroyed close by granaries that held helpful meals shops.
The announcement was learn on Niger state tv Tuesday night by authorities spokesman Abdourahmane Zakaria , who declared three days of nationwide mourning for the victims.
Monday’s assaults underscore the large safety challenges dealing with Niger’s new president, Mohamed Bazoum, who received the election in late February to succeed outgoing chief Mahamadou Issoufou.
Not solely are jihadis energetic within the Tillaberi area, however the counterterrorism offensives in opposition to these extremists have helped give rise to ethnic militias, analysts say. Intercommunal tensions have been exacerbated consequently, significantly close to the border between Mali and Niger.
Monday’s assault echoed a January bloodbath that left 100 individuals useless in two villages additionally within the Tillaberi area that hadn’t been claimed by an extremist group or militia.
Extremists staged mass assaults on Niger’s army within the Tillaberi area, killing greater than 70 in December 2019 and greater than 89 in January 2020. It is close to the world the place 4 U.S. Particular Forces troopers have been killed together with 5 Nigerien colleagues in 2017.