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At least 70 civilians killed in attack in Niger

At least 70 civilians were killed and 20 others wounded on Saturday by attackers in the Nigerien villages of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye in the western Tillabery region in Niger.

A Nigerien soldier stands guard in the Kouré Reserve, about 60 km from Niamey on August 21, 2020, at the scene where six French aid workers, their local guide and the driver were killed by unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles on August 9, 2020. © Boureima Hama, AFP

At least 70 civilians were killed and 20 others wounded on Saturday by attackers in the Nigerien villages of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye in the western Tillabery region in Niger.

The attack happened close to the border with Mali, security sources said on Sunday.

The attackers, who came in large numbers on motorcycles, carried out the massacre in retaliation after two members of their group were killed by villagers while committing an attack earlier in the day, the same sources said.

This part of Niger has, in recent years, suffered from deadly attacks.

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