Nearly 70 killed following attack in Niger

19:26, 05 November 2021
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An armed man has killed 69 people southwest of Niger nearly 50 km from the city according to the interior minister.

The area is considered to be especially dangerous as Islamic terrorist groups there carry out attacks on civilians frequently. 

The attack occurred when a delegation with the mayor of Banibangou entered the area.

During this year over 530 people were killed by Islamist terrorists in the region which is a five times increase than the deaths in the previous year.

The terrorist groups target community leaders and governmental officials like mayors in order to destabilize the situation and make it easier for them to carry out extortion operations in order to later demand ransom.