At Least 100 Killed in Niger Village Attacks, Prime Minister Says

Attacks on two villages in western Niger near its border on Mali on Jan. 2 killed around 100 people, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini announced on national television during his visit to the area a day after the attacks took place.

Attacks on two villages in western Niger near its border on Mali on Jan. 2 killed around 100 people, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini announced on national television during his visit to the area a day after the attacks took place.

“We came to provide moral support and present the condolences of the President of the republic, the government, and the entire Niger nation,” Rafini said, without saying who was responsible for the attacks.

According to Mayor Almou Hassane of Tondikiwindi, the town that administers both of the raided villages, “terrorists who came riding about 100 motorcycles” split into two columns to carry out the raid, killing 70 people in Tchombangou and 30 in Zaroumadareye.

Hassane also told AFP news agency that of the 25 people who were injured, some were evacuated to the city of Niamey and the town of Ouallam for treatment.

No group has yet to claim responsibility for carrying out the attacks. However, Niger has repeatedly seen attacks by militants linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

President Mahamadou Issoufou will lead National Security Council meeting on Jan. 4 as a response to the attacks.

“On behalf of the Nigerien people and on my own behalf, I would like to send our deepest condolences to the people of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye, following the cowardly and barbaric attack on their village. May the souls of the missing rest in peace and speedy recovery to the wounded,” Issoufou stated in a tweet.

The attacks took place on the same day the electoral commission announced the results from the first round of the presidential election where ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum, who promised to strengthen the fight against Islamist militants, earned 39.33% of the vote.


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