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Niger: At least 58 killed after gunmen assault civilians coming back from market in Banibangou – World News , Firstpost

There was no rapid declare of duty although extremists belonging to the Islamic State within the Greater Sahara group are identified to be energetic within the Tillaberi area

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Niamey (Niger): Gunmen on bikes attacked a gaggle of civilians coming back from market day in a risky nook of Niger, leaving at the very least 58 individuals useless after which burning granaries to the bottom, the federal government stated Tuesday.

There was no rapid declare of duty for Monday’s massacres, although extremists belonging to the Islamic State within the Greater Sahara group are identified to be energetic within the Tillaberi area the place the villages had been attacked.

The victims had been returning house 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 precious 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 going through Niger’s new president, Mohamed Bazoum, who gained the election in late February to succeed outgoing chief Mahamadou Issoufou.

Not solely are jihadis energetic within the Tillaberi area, however the counterterrorism offensives towards these extremists have helped given rise to ethnic militias, analysts say. Intercommunal tensions have been exacerbated consequently, notably 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 any extremist group or militia.

Extremists staged mass assaults on Niger’s navy within the Tillaberi area, killing greater than 70 in December 2019 and greater than 89 in January 2020. It’s close to the world the place 4 US Special Forces troopers had been killed together with 5 Nigerien colleagues in 2017.

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