10 villagers killed in mosque assault in western Niger

Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP

  • The assault occurred within the village of Abankor on Monday.
  • In response to officers, the attackers arrived on the mosque on motorbikes throughout a night prayer.
  • A neighborhood resident confirmed that 10 folks have been killed and one was left injured.

Suspected jihadists killed 10 villagers in an assault on a mosque earlier this week in western Niger’s Tillaberi area, native sources mentioned on Wednesday.

The assault occurred Monday within the village of Abankor within the “Tri-Border” area the place Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso meet.

“The attackers arrived on motorbikes throughout night prayers and the victims have been within the mosque once they have been killed,” an official in Banibangou metropolis advised AFP.

A resident of the neighbouring city of Tondiwindi confirmed the assault and the demise toll.

On native radio Studio Kalangou, an Abankor resident mentioned one individual was injured along with the ten useless, including that the assault occurred within the early night.

Since early 2021, assaults by suspected jihadists have shot up within the space round Banibangou and close by cities within the Tillaberi area, an unlimited space masking 100 000 sq. kilometres house to ethnic teams such because the Djerma, Fulani, Tuareg and Hausa.

The flashpoint space is incessantly focused by the Islamic State within the Higher Sahara and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group for the Assist of Islam and Muslims with lethal assaults in opposition to civilians and troopers.

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Authorities on Wednesday re-imposed a ban on motorbikes in a number of components of the Tillaberi area.

The interdiction, first decreed final yr to fight jihadist assaults carried out by gunmen on motorbikes, had been lifted on 1 September.

The preliminary decree additionally regulated the sale of gas and shut down markets suspected of feeding the armed teams and hiding their informants.

The more durable safety measures – which have sparked typically violent protests – have had financial repercussions on native folks, Tillaberi MPs mentioned in August.

As a substitute of motorbikes, attackers took to utilizing pushbikes and camels, they mentioned.

Motorbikes are the first technique of transport for folks within the Tillaberi area.

In the meantime, the United Nations has warned that the Tillaberi area is dealing with a “main meals disaster”, with nearly 600 000 folks uncovered to meals insecurity.

“Insecurity and recurrent assaults by suspected parts of non-state armed teams focusing on farmers and civilians may have severe repercussions this yr on the already precarious meals scenario,” the UN Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs workplace warned in a report despatched to AFP earlier this month.

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