Gunmen Kill At Least 58 in Niger Market

Gunmen on motorcycles killed at least 58 civilians who were returning from a market in the Tillaberi region in southwestern Niger last March 15, the government said.

Government Spokesperson Abdourahmane Zakaria said on state television on March 16 that “groups of armed, still unidentified individuals intercepted four vehicles carrying passengers back from the weekly market of Banibangou to the villages of Chinedogar and Darey-Daye,” which is near the border with Mali and Burkina Faso.

Zakaria further stated that the attackers also wounded one civilian, burned grain silos and vehicles to the ground, and seized two more vehicles.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the region has seen increasingly deadly attacks from extremists belonging to militant groups Islamic State and Al-Qaeda active in the region.

Zakaria called for three days of national mourning for the victims.

Last Jan. 2, attackers raided two villages in Tillaberi, leaving at least 100 civilians dead. No extremist group has claimed responsibility for this attack as well.

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