Five killed during Ramadan celebrations in Tillaberi, Niger

Five killed during Ramadan celebrations in Tillaberi, Niger. [Image: Courtesy]
NIGER — Five people have been killed in Niger during an attack on Fantio village in Tillaberi region.

The fatal incident happened as the country celebrated Eid-Ul-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan. A local official confirmed that five people died and two were seriously injured.

The attack is alleged to have been carried out by armed terrorists who were on motorcycles.

The Tillabéri region is regularly hit by jihadist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda or the Islamic State.

Niger is among the Western Sahel countries which are under insurgencies from jihadists. Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Chad are members of the G5 Sahelian countries and they have been working together since 2017 to fight against jihadists.

“G5-Sahel soldiers have been dispatched to Fantio and will stay in the village for a few days at the request of the governor of the region,” a source close to the authorities in Tillabéri said.

Since the beginning of the year, Jihadists have killed over 300 people in a series of attacks launched in Niger.

In March, at least 137 people were killed by suspected militants at several locations in West Niger near Mali’s border.

No one has claimed the attacks however Groups affiliated to the AlQaeda and Daesh groups are said to be responsible for these attacks.