NIAMEY, Niger — A hundred civilians were killed in attacks by suspected militants in the West African nation of Niger on Saturday, according to government officials.
Armed men shot men and boys in what was said to be a revenge attack on the villages of Tchoma Bangou and Zaroumadareye. 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, is one