2 People Killed by Unknown Gunmen in Western Niger

Fighters Linked to Al Qaeda and ISIL have Stepped Up Attacks in the Region

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At least 20 people were killed by unknown gunmen in Western Niger on Sunday, local authorities reported.

The attack happened in the villages of Gadabo, Zibane Koira-Zeno and Zibane-Tegui. The villages are near the tri-border region of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali where fighters linked to the al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS) armed groups have strengthened their foothold.

The authorities said the attacks were carried out by assailants on motorcycles who “pillaged shops” before heading north.

The security situation in the region has been deteriorating in recent years despite the presence of military forces including the French-led Operation Barkhane, United Nations troops and the G5 Sahel force.