The political body representing Libya’s Tuareg minority yesterday accused the Islamic State terror group of killing over 200 civilians in Niger.
In a statement released on Monday ‘the Council of Tuareg Tribes in Libya’ expressed strong condemnation of what it described as a “terrorist attack against our Tuareg brothers in the [Niger] region of Tilia” which the statement said resulted in the massacre of over 200 unarmed civilians from the Tuareg community. The statement concluded by expressing condolences to the victims’ families and urged the international community to launch “an immediate investigation and to hold the perpetrators to account”.
The government of Niger said on Monday that militants riding motorcycles had killed 137 people in a series of coordinated raids targeting villages across the southwestern Niger region of Tahoua. No group has claimed responsibility yet, however, observers noted that the deadly attacks bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State terror group which is known to be active in the targeted area.
Tuareg tribes dominate villages and towns scattered across the shared borders between Libya, Niger, Algeria and Mali.