Authorities Say Fifteen Killed in Attack in Banibangou Region

Fifteen people were killed in an attack in western Niger less than two weeks after 33 people were killed by suspected jihadists in the same area, authorities said Wednesday.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the latest attack was carried out on Monday by “unidentified armed individuals” targeting “people working in a field” in the Banibangou region, near the border with Mali.

Banibangou is framed within what is known as the region of the three borders between Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali, which for years has been the scene of bloody attacks by jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

Two attacks attributed to jihadists in late July left 33 dead and prompted the Interior Ministry to promise tougher security measures in the region and bring the killers to justice.

Authorities have made similar promises in the past, but deadly attacks have continued, often carried out by gunmen on motorcycles fleeing to Mali after their raids.

Some 1,200 Chadian soldiers are deployed in the tri-border region as part of a multinational force created by the G5 Sahel group, comprising Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

(AFP)

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