At least 37 people, including 14 minors, have been killed in an alleged terrorist attack in western Niger in a city near the border with Mali, according to the Nigerian Interior Ministry.
The events came on Monday when a group of armed people on motorcycles stormed the town of Darey Dey in the Tillabéri region. No group has taken responsibility for what happened, although sources cited by ActuNiger point to the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.
The area was the target of another similar attack back in July and indeed many people have chosen to move further south to avoid the violence. The Interior Ministry, which condemned the recent “cowardly and barbaric crime”, has promised to increase security.
Terrorist groups have increased their presence in several Sahel countries in recent years and have benefited from the lack of control by the authorities over large areas. In addition to the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, the subsidiary of Al Qaeda in Mali, the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), also operates in Niger.