Nearly 70 dead in village attack in southwestern Niger
Aljazeera says At least 69 people, including a mayor, have been killed in an attack by gunmen in southwestern Niger, the government has confirmed.
The assault was the latest in Niger’s “tri-border” zone with Burkina Faso and Mali, a volatile area that has been the epicentre of a years-long conflict between state forces in the western portion of Africa’s Sahel region and armed groups linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda.
The gunmen ambushed a delegation led by the mayor of Banibangou on Tuesday about 50km (30 miles) from the town, in the western region of Tillaberi near the border with Mali.
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