Niger. Armed men killed 37 civilians, including 14 children, in an attack on a village in southwest Niger. Officials gave this information on Tuesday. This year alone, terrorists have killed hundreds of civilians in the region. It was told that unidentified assailants opened fire on Monday in the commune of Banibango in the Tilberi region, near the border with Mali, on the Niger border. A local official told AFP news agency that in the afternoon as people were working in the fields, the attackers “arrived on motorbikes” in Dere-de village. “They found people in the fields and shot them when they moved,” a local journalist told AFP.
According to a report released last week by Human Rights Watch (HRW), at least 420 civilians have been killed in jihadist attacks this year in Tilberi and the neighboring region of Tahoua. “Armed Islamist groups are attacking civilians in western Niger,” Corinne Dufka, Sahel director of the international rights group, said in the report.
The attackers fled to Mali after the shootout.
HRW said people with disabilities and “several children” were killed, some of whom were dragged by the arms of their parents. Schools and churches have also been damaged in extremist attacks, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.
The terrorists operating in the so-called tribal region between Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali are mostly linked to al-Qaeda or the Islamic State group. Similar attacks have taken place in the area several times even after the security has been beefed up by the authorities. After the shootout, the attackers fled towards Mali.
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