137 Dead in Niger Villages Ambushed by Suspected Jihadists
A co-ordinated raid in three Niger villages by suspected Jihadists has increased the death toll to 137 confirmed Niger government…
Niger gunmen boarded on motorbikes and raided 3 villages Intazayene, Bakorat and Wistane on the troubled borders of Mali and shot at everything that moved. It is one of the deadliest and bloodiest raids in recent years by suspected Jihadists.
The three villages attacked are located in the Tahoua region near Tillaberi border which has been a hotspot for the several years. The border is also filled with the fighters linked to Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
The attack happened after several attacks following the court’s verdict. The constitutional court confirmed Mohamed Bazoum as the winner of February’s presidential elections.
Mohamed Bazoum will take the president’s office on 2nd April amid a rapidly deteriorating situation in the country as well as neighboring countries. It is also one of the poorest nations in the world ranked at 189 by the United Nations.
“In treating civilian populations systematically as targets now, these armed bandits have gone a step further into horror and brutality” government spokesperson said in a statement.
Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye suffered the same attacks in the month of January when the elections were announced.
These attacks have been suspected to be the doing of ISGS, however, they haven’t claimed responsibility and neither have claimed anytime before.
ISGS is the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara group. Their aim is to form a government in the country according to the Islamic law. These kind of activities are active in the African countries of Nigeria, Mali, Niger, etc.
These groups are different that the groups in the Middle east. These are the groups of border lands who have been marginalised for several years and now have added themselves to the local Jihadists group that have become ISGS.
To defend themselves from the ISGS, local militia were formed which worked in collaboration with the security forces of Niger. These attacks may be the reason of that collaboration to take the revenge (to settle the scores).
Many African countries today are facing and battling the spreading forces of Islamic extremists such as Al-Qaeda which has killed in thousands and many more are suffering even with to the presence of local and international troops.