Niamey — At least 16 people were killed in attacks on villages in southwestern Niger, where Muslim terrorists repeatedly slaughtered civilians this year, local officials and security sources said Saturday.
Local Mayor Khalid Zibo said on the phone that an unidentified armed group fired during a Friday prayer in the village of Tem in the Tillabéri region, killing 16 people.
Security sources confirmed the attack and killed 17 people.
The attack came after 37 civilians, including 14 children, were killed in a village in the same area on Monday.
Armed groups in the Tillabéri and Tahoua regions bordering Mali killed more than 420 civilians and expelled tens of thousands from their homes in 2021, New York-based human rights group Human Rights Watch said this month. Said in the report.
The attack is part of a broader conflict across the borders of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger in the Sahel region of Africa, which is being sought by jihadists and ISIS terrorist groups associated with al-Qaeda.
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