Armed men have killed at least 40 people in raids in villages near Niger’s border with Mali, an area that has seen increasingly deadly attacks by armed groups with links to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
The attacks occurred on Sunday in three villages in the Tahoua region, abutting the Tillaberi region in the so-called tri-border area – a flashpoint zone where the frontiers of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali converge. The insurgencies in West Africa’s Sahel has killed hundreds and nearly half a million people have fled their homes.
On March 15th, 66 people were killed in the Tillaberi region when suspected Jihadists attacked a bus carrying shoppers from the market town of Banibangou and then raided the village of Darey-Daye, killing inhabitants and torching grain stores. On January 2nd, 100 people were killed in attacks in two villages in the Mangaize district of Tillaber.