AFP agency quoted local authorities in Niger as saying about 100 people in two villages in the western region of Tillaberi were massacred on February 2, suspected by the insurgent forces.
An estimated 49 people were massacred and 17 injured in the West African country of Tchombangou, a security source said .“The attackers surrounded the village and killed up to 70 people. The injured were taken to the Ouallam hospital, “said local officials, adding that” the terrorists “traveled on about 100 motorbikes. In addition, a senior Nigerian Interior Ministry official said about 30 people were killed in the village of Zaroumdareye. The Niger government has not yet commented.
Two massacres occurred when election officials announced the results of the first round of the presidential election, with the result being the ruling Democratic and Social Party candidate and former Minister Mohamed Bazoum leading the way. The vast and volatile Tillaberi region is located at the junction of the border with Mali and Burkina Faso, where many extremist fighters are concentrated. According to the United Nations, up to 4,000 people in three countries died from violence from extremist groups. On 21.12.2020, an ambush in Tillaberi left 7 Niger soldiers dead. Niger is also influenced by extremist groups from Nigeria, where the Boko Haram rebellion has been destabilizing for many years.