A new massacre of civilians has been reported in the African nation of Niger, presumably carried out by the Islamic State of Grand Sahel. Africa is becoming the new battleground against Islamic terror groups, and thousands of innocent villagers have been killed or displaced by these latest humanitarian disasters. The below article from the French-language news site, Actu Niger, is translated by Fousesquawk.
Insecurity: 18 more civilians massacred by armed individuals Wednesday at Deykoukou near Banibangou (Tillaberi)
28 July 2021
This Wednesday, 29 July 2021, around 9 am, armed individuals on motorbikes carried out a terrorist attack at Deykoukou, near Banibangou, in the region of Tillaberi. According to a provisional report communicated by local sources, 18 civilians were killed and 4 others injured. It was the second deadly attack in the last few days targeting civilians in this border area with Mali.
According to local sources, it was around 9 in the morning when the people were doing their normal fieldwork when the attackers, presumably members of EIGS (Islamic State of Gran Sahel), burst into the village.
The people tried in vain to fight back, but the numbers were not in their favor, the attackers being heavily armed. The provisional toll is heavy: 18 civilians were killed and 4 others injured in addition to the significant damage recorded.
It's the second attack targeting civilians in the space of a few days in this border area with Mali. Last Sunday, 14 civilians were massacred at Wiye, a village situated a few kilometers from Banibangou, with the same mode of operation. According to a government communique that confirmed the attack, 9 persons among the victims were killed in the field, 3 in the aforementioned village, and 2 on their way back from the fields. One injured was also evacuated to Niamey.
In spite of the reinforcement of the security force announced by the government, the deadly attacks have continued to multiply in the region located in the so-called three-border region. Since the start of the year, more than 300 civilians have thus, been massacred in various locations in the area, which has provoked a massive displacement of populations, at the same time, amplifying an already disastrous humanitarian situation.