Jihadists carried out a concerted assault on a camp with hundreds of Malian refugees in western Niger, killing three civilians, abducting a guard and sabotaging the water provide, the United Nations stated Monday.
About 50 jihadists launched a “well-planned operation” towards the Intikane refugee camp within the Tahoua area on Sunday afternoon, UNHCR in Niamey informed AFP.
The three victims have been the top of a refugee committee, the top of a refugee watch group and a consultant of a Tahoua nomad group, UNHCR stated.
Within the metropolis of Intikane there are about 20,000 Malian refugees and 15,000 internally displaced Nigerian residents – all of whom fled their villages on account of jihadist violence – in addition to the native inhabitants.
“The jihadists brought about injury to the camp’s services, particularly by emptying the meals provide and destroying the system that provides ingesting water to the world inside a 40-mile radius,” the UN company stated.
UNHCR consultant in Niger Alessandra Morelli condemned the assault.
“It’s extremely critical, the terrorists have destroyed our house to reside,” Morelli informed AFP.
A safety supply informed AFP that the jihadists destroyed phone relay antennas within the space earlier than the assault.
Weak to armed teams in neighboring international locations
Niger is house to just about 60,000 Malian refugees who fled the north of their nation after falling beneath the management of Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist teams in 2012, in accordance with the UN.
A French-led army intervention drove them out, however the preventing within the West African nation stays out of presidency management and is stuffed with armed teams.
Niger’s lengthy, porous borders make it susceptible to armed violence in neighboring international locations.
The Islamic State of Higher Sahara (EIGS) is conducting frequent assaults throughout Niger’s western borders, whereas the south-east is going through common abuses by Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram.
In accordance with the UN, jihadist violence, typically woven with ethnic battle, assumed the lives of 4,000 folks final yr in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, three of the world’s poorest international locations.