Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Armed men in southwestern Niger have killed at least 58 people when they attacked a convoy returning from a weekly market. They also attacked a village in the vicinity, the government said on Tuesday.
The attacks on Monday (15 March) took place in the Tillabery region, which is near the border with Mali and Burkina Faso. The region has lately been known for deadly attacks by armed groups linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda.
Niger government spokesman Abdourahmane Zakaria declared three days of national mourning for the victims on State TV.
The mass killings demonstrate the enormous security challenges that the new Niger president faces. President Bazoum won the election in late February to replace outgoing leader Mahamadou Issoufou.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday’s massacres.