On January 3, a local mayor confirmed that in a latest attack in a string of civilian massacres that have rocked the jihadist-plagued Tillaberi region, at least 100 have been killed by the terrorists in two villages in western Niger.
Soon after the first-round presidential results were announced, the villages of Tchoma Bangou and Zaroumadareye came under severe attacks on January 2. Almou Hassane, the mayor of the Tondikiwindi said that they were waged by “terrorists who came riding about 100 motorcycles”. “There were up to 70 dead in Tchoma Bangou and 30 dead in Zaroumadareye. There have also been 75 wounded, some of whom have been evacuated to Niamey and to Ouallam for treatment,” he further added.