Saturday, October 23, 2021

Ten villagers killed in mosque attack in western Niger

Earlier this week, 10 villagers were killed by suspected jihadists in an attack on a mosque in western Niger’s Tilberi region.

Monday’s attack took place in the village of Abankor in the triangular border region where Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso meet.

“The attackers arrived on a motorcycle during the evening prayers and the victims were in the mosque,” a Banibangou city official told AFP.

A resident of the neighboring town of Tondiwindi confirmed the attack and the death toll.

On local radio studio Kalangou, an Abankor resident said one person was injured in addition to the 10 dead, adding that the attack took place in the evening.

Since the beginning of the year, attacks by suspected jihadists have skyrocketed in the vicinity of Banibangou and towns around the Tilberi region.

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The Flashpoint area is frequently targeted with deadly attacks against civilians and soldiers by the Islamic State in Greater Sahara and an al-Qaeda-affiliated group for supporting Islam and Muslims.

Earlier this month the United Nations warned that the Tilberry region was facing a “major food crisis”, with some 600,000 people facing food insecurity.

The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned in a report sent to AFP: “The already precarious food situation this year was fueled by insecurity and repeated attacks by suspected elements of non-state armed groups targeting farmers and civilians.” will have a serious impact.”

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