Five villagers killed in Niger Eid attack

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP
  • As the country celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Wednesday, five people were killed in an attack on a village in the western Tillaberi region of Niger, near the border with Mali.
  • Two people have been seriously injured after the attack carried out by terrorists on motorbikes, a local source said.
  • Soldiers from the G5 force had been dispatched to the villlage and would remain there for a few days as requested by the regional governor.

Five people were killed on Wednesday in an attack on a village in the western Tillaberi region of Niger, near the border with Mali, as the country celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a local official told AFP.

"The attack took place on Wednesday morning in the village of Fantio. The death toll is five dead and two seriously injured," the official said.

The attack was carried out by "terrorists who came on motorbikes", another local source said, without elaborating.

Tillaberi is located in the flashpoint "tri-border" region between Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, the site of frequent bloody attacks by jihadist groups.

Soldiers from the G5 Sahel force comprising Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger had been dispatched to Fantio and would "stay in the village for a few days at the request of the governor of the region", a source close to the Tillaberi authorities told AFP.

Niger is struggling with both the spillover of Nigeria's Boko Haram extremist movement in its southeast, and that of jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda in its west.

Jihadist attacks targeting civilians have multiplied since the start of the year with more than 300 people killed in three series of assaults against villages and camps in the west of the country.

Niger is the world's poorest nation, according to the UN's development rankings for 189 countries.


Do you want to know more about this topic? Sign up for one of News24's 33 newsletters to receive the information you want in your inbox. Special newsletters are available to subscribers.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Do you think South Africa needs tighter restrictions to combat the third wave?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, the situation is grim and needs serious measures
27% - 1903 votes
No, we cannot afford more lockdowns
34% - 2347 votes
Yes, but only in provinces where it is out of control
39% - 2748 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.16
+0.8%
Rand - Pound
19.84
+0.3%
Rand - Euro
16.94
+0.6%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.76
+0.2%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.7%
Gold
1,792.66
+0.8%
Silver
26.21
+1.7%
Palladium
2,618.50
+2.3%
Platinum
1,097.00
+1.3%
Brent Crude
74.81
-0.1%
Top 40
59,857
+0.6%
All Share
65,919
+0.6%
Resource 10
63,038
+1.8%
Industrial 25
86,911
-0.4%
Financial 15
12,940
+0.8%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo