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Five policemen killed in armed attack in western Niger

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) — At least five policemen were killed on Saturday in an attack by an armed group in the Tillabre region of western Niger, a local official said Sunday.

The area near Mali has been the scene of attacks by jihadist groups.

“An attack on a gendarmerie patrol in the town of Sanam on Saturday killed five of them,” a local official in Tillabri told AFP.

He said that “the attackers arrived on motorcycles and targeted the patrol near the village of Abari on the day of its market,” popular.

A security and government source confirmed the attack without giving any death toll.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Jihadist groups, including the Islamic State, are active in southwestern Niger near the border with Mali, where they have carried out bombings, killings and kidnappings.

According to a United Nations report issued in September, between January and August this year, more than 250 civilians were killed and some 240 others were abducted, particularly in the areas of Diffa, Tillabri and Tahoua in western Niger.

Nigerian President Mahamadou Youcef has repeatedly called on the West and the United Nations to help his country fight jihadists.

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