At least 70 civilians killed in attack in Niger

This file photo shows Niger’s soldiers arrive at N’guaguam village on June 17, 2016, following attacks by Boko Haram fighters who killed 7 gendarmes. (Xinhua)

At least 70 civilians were killed and 20 others wounded on Saturday by attackers in the Nigerien villages of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye in western Tillabery region in Niger, close to the border with Mali, security sources said on Sunday.

The attackers, who came in large numbers on motorcycles, carried out this 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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