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NIGER REPUBLIC DECLARES 48 HOURS OF NATIONAL MOURNING AFTER 37 DIE IN MASSACRE

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

After 37 people were slain in a new massacre by suspected jihadists, the Niger Republic proclaimed 48 hours of national mourning on Wednesday.

A government statement stated that “flags would be flown at half-mast across the country” with immediate effect.

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It reiterated the government’s commitment to “pursue the battle against terrorism to the final victory,” while also encouraging citizens to be more vigilant.

Villagers in Darey-Daye were attacked by gunmen on motorcycles while tending to their farms on Monday.

The 37 individuals slain included four women and thirteen children.

Since 2015, when an armed Islamist insurgency extended from Mali, western Niger has been pummeled by terrorist strikes.

The settlement lies in the Banibangou department, in the so-called “tri-border” region where the borders of Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali meet.

Attacks by highly mobile jihadists connected to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State organization are common in the region.

More than 420 civilians have been killed in terrorist strikes in Tillaberi and the neighboring province of Tahoua this year, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch last week, and tens of others have left their homes.

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