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Jihadists kill 100 civilians in attacks on Niger villages

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At least 100 people were killed by suspected jihadists in Niger over the weekend, in one of the country’s worst attacks in recent history. Armed militants travelling on motorcycle­s split into groups and surrounded two villages in the western Tillaberi region near the border with Mali, according to local officials. Niger’s interior ministry yesterday declared three days of mourning, vowed to beef up security in the frontier region with Mali, and said the government would launch “forums” to defuse ethnic tension. Brigi Rafini, the prime minister, said on Sunday that 70 people were killed in the village of Tchombango­u and 30 were killed in Zaroumdare­ye. A further 75 injured villagers were taken to the regional capital of Oullam and the capital city Niamey.

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