79 including 2 French soldiers killed in Niger militant attacks
Published: 11:02 AM, 3 January 2021
At least 79 people have been killed in militant attacks in two villages in the African country of Niger. At least 49 of them were killed in Tchombangou village while 30 killed in Zaroumdareye village.
Meanwhile, the French presidency has confirmed that two French soldiers stationed in neighboring Mali have been killed, according to Reuters, BBC reports.
The two villages are located West of Niger, near the Mali border. There have been a number of recent deadly militant attacks in the Sahel region of Africa.
Niger’s Interior Minister Alkache Alhada said troops had been sent to protect the area. The two villages are located in the Tillaberi region of the country. There has been a state of emergency since 2017.
The latest attack in those two villages took place during the national elections in Niger. The country’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou, has resigned after two five-year terms.