Nigerien troopers stand guard exterior Diffa airport in south-east Niger, close to the Nigerian border, in December 2020. Picture: Issouf Sanogo/AFP
Eighteen civilians have been killed when their transport automobile got here beneath assault in part of western Niger continuously focused by Islamist militants, the federal government stated on Tuesday.
Inside Minister Alkassoum Indatou attributed Sunday’s assault within the Tillaberi area, close to the border with Mali, to “armed bandits, aboard a number of bikes, who haven’t but been recognized.”
He stated in a press release that 13 of the victims have been from the village of Foney Ganda and 5 from the village of Tizegorou.
Native officers have blamed a sequence of massacres of civilians since final yr on Islamic State’s affiliate in West Africa, which together with al Qaeda-linked militants has been chargeable for spiralling violence throughout the Sahelian international locations of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso.