The attack by the suspected Boko Haram extremists in Niger did claim the lives of not less than 100 people. The attackers did divide themselves into two groups. Mainly, to carry the attack simultaneously. Now, the militia group members did storm the two areas. While on motorbikes. Then, they did sweep through the two villages in Niger. Closer to the border with Mali.
According to the Niger’s Prime Minister Brigi Rafini’s confirmation, at least 100 people are dead. Only, from the Sunday’s brutal attack on Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye villages. In fact, this attack looks like a revenge mission. Especially, from the militia. Also, the locals did kill two members. Mainly, of the Boko Haram militia group on Saturday.
While confirming the over 100 deaths, PM Brigi did explain that around 70 people more died in Zaroumdareye. Also, the remaining 30 did belong to Zaraomdareye.
Coincidentally, the attack is carried out the same the country’s electoral body did make an announcement. Niger is heading for a presidential election’s second round.
Niger heads to First Polls
In the election day, over 7.4 million people did cast their votes to elect the successor. Mainly, of the ongoing President Mahamadou Issoufou whose presidency does come to an end. After, finishing two terms. Voters did brave to vote. Despite the threat of insecurity in the country. Mostly, the country is in turmoil, endless conflicts and terrorist attacks. This election is a first one of its kind. Precisely, because it is a route to rule of the Nigerian law.
This election marks the first democratic exercise in Niger. Since the country did attain independence in 1960.
Moreover, the Islāmic extremist groups such as the Boko Haram that are based in Nigeria, internal rebels linked to the Islāmic States and the notorious Al-Qaeda terror group have on several occasions conducted attacks in Niger.
In particular, these Jihadists did pose a big threat to security in Niger and Western Africa at large. Sahel region is the worst affected. It is the base of the extremists. Mainly, who have pledged their allegiance to the IS and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups.
Due to attacks, hundreds of civilians were killed last year in Niger. Also, the militants are slowly taking control of the country. Speaking after visiting the two affected villages, PM Brigi said his visit was to give moral support to the victims. In addition, he did pass the message of condolences to the families who did lose their loved ones in the attack.