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UAE strongly condemns terror attacks that killed many in Niger

Abu Dhabi - Armed attackers killed 137 people in coordinated raids on villages in southwestern Niger.

By Wam, Reuters

Published: Tue 23 Mar 2021, 7:16 PM

The UAE has strongly condemned the terror attacks that targeted south western Niger, which resulted in the death and injury of dozens of innocent people.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation affirmed the UAE's strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilising security and stability in contravention of all religious and humanitarian values and principles.

The ministry also expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous crime and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

Armed attackers killed 137 people in coordinated raids on villages in southwestern Niger on Sunday, the government said, making it one of the deadliest days in recent memory in a country ravaged by violence.

The unidentified assailants struck in the afternoon, raiding three villages and other hamlets in Tahoua region bordering Mali, the government said on Monday, revising the toll up from a previous estimate by local authorities of about 60 killed.

"By systematically targeting civilians, these armed bandits are reaching a new level of horror and savagery," it said in a statement, announcing three days of national mourning.

It did not say who authorities believed was behind the attacks. A security source earlier blamed Daesh, whose local affiliate is active in the zone.

The violence is part of a wider security crisis across West Africa's Sahel region, which is also fuelled by militants linked to al Qaeda, Daesh and ethnic militias.

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