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Niger village attacks killed 100, says prime minister

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By ITN News Editor January 7, 2021 17:57

Niger village attacks killed 100, says prime minister

One hundred people were killed on Saturday (January 2) in attacks on two villages in western Niger, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said, following one of deadliest days in recent memory for a country ravaged by Islamist violence.

Rafini announced the death toll in remarks broadcast on national television on Sunday from a visit to the zone, near the border with Mali.

The prime minister said 70 people had been killed in the village of Tchombangou and 30 others in the village of Zaroumdareye.

He did not say who was responsible for the attacks.

Niger has suffered repeated attacks by Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State near its borders with Mali and Burkina Faso, part of a wider security crisis in West Africa’s Sahel region.

It has also seen tit-for-tat killings between rival ethnic communities that have been stoked by the jihadist violence and competition for scarce resources.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 7, 2021 17:57

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