In Niger, the number of deaths continues to rise after the attacks in two different villages in the Ouallam branch in the western part of the country in the “three borders” area near Mali and Burkina Faso. We are now talking about 100 victims.
According to the mayor of Tondikiwindi municipality, which administers the villages that have suffered the attacks, so far there are 70 dead in Tchombangou and 30 in Zaroumdareye, figures also confirmed to RFI by the governor of the region.
The two villages are located approx. 120 kilometers north of the capital Niamey in the Tillabéry region on the border between Mali and Burkina Faso. This area known as the “three borders”is a regular target for jihadists.
Revenge after the death of two jihadists
The mayor is talking about two columns with hundreds of terrorists who came on motorcycles, according to confirming sources, this attack would be a revenge after the death of two scouts of the groups killed by the village self-defense groups.
This Sunday afternoon, an official delegation led by Prime Minister Brigi Rafini and Interior Minister Alkach Alhada went to the site to “give the people moral support”. Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufou sent his condolences to the people of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye this afternoon. In a tweet, he described the attacks as “cowardly and barbaric.”
On behalf of the Nigerian people and on my own behalf, I would like to send our deepest condolences to the peoples of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye following the cowardly and barbaric attack on their village. May the missing souls rest in peace and speedy recovery for the wounded.
– Issoufou Mahamadou (@IssoufouMhm) January 3, 2021.