Reports indicate that at least 60 victims were killed by Islamic State (formerly ISIS) jihadists in an apparent attack in an isolated area of southwest Nigeria.
Although the incident took place earlier in this week, it was reported that news about it only emerged recently. “Heavily armed”Local IS members attacked the Vigilance Committees local defense force, local news agencies reported Thursday. Niger officials were cited in the report.
Banibangou mayor was leading the group, and he is also among the 60 victims. A local politician confirmed to AFP that nine people remain missing while 15 escaped from the massacre.
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According to police, the bombing on Ugandan bus was a suicide attack of ISIL-affiliated terrorist group.
Zakari Karadjo, deputy to the Banibangou district administration described the incident in a “clash,”Both sides suffered losses, he said. Marsadou Soumaila, an official in the neighboring county of Ouallam, confirmed the mayor’s death to Reuters.
Some sources claim that the attackers attacked Banibangou, but others say it happened near Adab-Dab which is about 55 km (32 miles). According to AFP, the militants returned from Mali with the bodies of IS fighters.
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At this point, no group claims responsibility. The region is one of the hotspots in the years-long violent conflict between the West African Sahel nations – assisted by foreign powers, including France – and a host of extremist groups, including Al-Qaeda and IS affiliates seeking a local foothold.
Extremists frequently launch attacks on local villages and, not including the victims of this week’s attack, have killed more than 530 people in southwest Niger this year alone, according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, a group that tracks political violence.
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