At least 70 killed in suspected Islamist attacks in Niger

Villages near western border zone with Mali hit by simultaneous strikes

At least 70 civilians have been killed in simultaneous attacks on two villages by suspected Islamist militants in Niger, near the border zone with Mali, security sources have said.

About 49 villagers were killed and 17 people wounded in the village of Tchombangou, said one of the security sources on Saturday, who requested anonymity.

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