Ten villagers were killed in a mosque attack in western Niger

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  • The attack took place on Monday in the village of Abunker.
  • According to people familiar with the matter, the attackers arrived at the mosque by motorcycle during the evening prayer.
  • Locals confirmed that 10 people were killed and one was injured.

Earlier this week, jihadist suspects killed 10 villagers in an attack on a mosque in the Tillabéri region of western Niger, according to local sources.

The attack took place on Monday in the village of Abunker in the “Tri-Border” region where Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso meet.

“The attackers arrived on motorcycles during the evening prayers and the victims were in the mosque when they were killed,” a Banibangoo city official told AFP.

Residents of the neighboring town of Tondi Windy confirmed the attacks and deaths.

At local radio studio Kalangou, residents of Abankor said that in addition to 10 people were killed, one was injured, adding that the attack took place in the evening.

Since early 2021, suspicious jihadist attacks have occurred around Banibangou and in neighboring towns in the Tillabéri region. This vast area covers 100,000 square kilometers of ethnic groups such as Germa, Fulani, Tuareg and Hausa.

Flash point areas are frequently targeted by Islamic State of Greater Sahara and al-Qaeda affiliated groups to assist Muslims and Muslims in deadly attacks on civilians and soldiers.

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On Wednesday, authorities re-imposed a motorcycle ban in some parts of the Tillabéri area.

Last year, the ban first proclamed to combat armed jihadist attacks on motorcycles was lifted on September 1.

The original legislation also regulated the sale of fuel, fed armed groups, and closed markets suspected of hiding informants.

Tillabéri said in August that stricter security measures (which sometimes caused violent protests) had an economic impact on the locals.

They said attackers began to use push bikes and camels instead of bikes.

Motorcycles are the primary means of transportation for people in the Tillabéri region.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has warned that the Tillabéri region is facing a “serious food crisis” and that about 600,000 people are exposed to food insecurity.

“Anxiety and recurrent attacks from suspicious elements of non-state armed groups targeting farmers and civilians will have serious implications for the already volatile food situation this year,” the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said earlier this month. I warned in a report sent to AFP.

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Ten villagers were killed in a mosque attack in western Niger

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