West Africa: Over 50 dead in serious attack in Niger

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West Africa: Over 50 dead in severe attack in Niger | tagesschau.de

Status: 03.01.2021 00:51

Armed attackers killed at least 56 people in Niger. The exact circumstances are still unclear. There are repeated attacks in the West African country.

By Dunja Sadaqi ARD-Studio Nordwestafrika

In Niger, West Africa, gunmen killed at least 56 people and injured 20 others. The news agency dpa reports and cites a message from the Nigerien interior minister on Saturday evening.

Accordingly, the attack on two villages near the border with the neighboring state of Mali should have taken place. The exact circumstances are still unclear.

Again and again attacks

Attacks keep happening in Niger. Numerous terrorist groups and criminal gangs are active in the West African state, especially in the border areas with neighboring states such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Chad. It was only in mid-December that the Boko Haram terrorist militia set hundreds of houses on fire in a village in Niger and killed several people.

Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world and one of the main transit countries for African migrants to Europe. This is why the desert state is the EU’s most important partner in the Sahel region in the fight against illegal migration and the spreading terrorism in West Africa.



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