Serious attack in Niger with more than 50 dead

Updated January 2, 2021, 9:26 pm

A serious attack occurs in Mali’s neighboring state, Niger. The background is not yet clear. The bloody act happens at a time when important political decisions are being made.

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In the one ravaged by terror west african country Niger have armed men killed at least 56 people and injured more than 20 others. Interior Minister Alkache Alhada announced this on Saturday evening in the capital Niamey. The attack had therefore occurred near the border with Mali in the villages of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye. The exact circumstances of the attack are still unclear. Niger is one of the most important Transit countries for African migrants who want to reach the Mediterranean.

There are quite a few in Niger and the other countries in this region Terrorist groups active who have sworn allegiance to Al Qaeda or the Islamic State (IS). Together with Mali, Mauritania, Chad and Burkina Faso, Niger is part of the G5 Sahel Group, wants to fight terrorist groups. The government also has little control in the desert-like expanses outside the cities, which is not only true of jihadist groups, but also criminal networks exploit.

Is there a connection to the elections?

In the Sahel country, the preliminary results of the Presidential and parliamentary elections been announced. Head of state Mahamadou Issoufou will, as provided for by the constitution, resign after his two terms in office.

An ally of the outgoing President, former Foreign Minister Mohamed Bazoum, stood up for the Ruling party PNDS and received 39.6 percent of the vote. Just like the strongest opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane (16.9 percent), however, he did not achieve the necessary Majority of voteswhich is why a runoff election on February 22nd will be necessary.

In the past few years, Europe had put pressure on the Nigerien government human smuggling contain. Niger is also an important partner of the EU in the fight against terrorism in the Sahelzone. (best/dpa)

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