Saturday, June 12

Scores of Civilians Are Dead After an Attack in Niger

NIAMEY, Niger — At least 70 people and possibly more than 100 were killed by suspected militants in the West African nation of Niger on Saturday, according to local officials.

Armed men shot men and boys in a revenge attack on the villages of Tchoma Bangou and Zaroumadareye, sources in the Nigerien military said. The villages are in the southwestern region of Tillabéri, where civilians have increasingly come under attack in the past two years.

“They opened fire on everybody,” said Jahafar Koudize, a resident of Tchoma Bangou who managed to escape.

The attack, which came just a week after Niger’s presidential election, appears to be one of the country’s deadliest ever.

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