(RoyalPatriot.com)- Niger officials announced last Sunday that at least 100 people were murdered by Islamic extremists, in a stark reminder that many non-Western countries are still plagued by extremist Islamic violence. Western nations, while still vulnerable to terror attacks, have established complex systems and networks designed to stop them taking place where possible.
Two Nigerien villages, Zaroumdareye and Tchombangou, were targeted by extremists after locals killed two militants. The initial attack occurred when it was announced that the country’s presidential elections were expected to go to a second round of voting.
Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group, has attacked Niger on several occasions, just like al-Qaida and ISIS.
In Niger, a nation in West Africa, fewer systems are currently in place to protect citizens from these extremists and the attacks, when they occur, are particularly gruesome.
Nigerien Prime Minister Brigi Rafin told the press that they would offer “moral support” as well as the “condolences of the president of the republic, the government and the entire Niger nation.”
At least a hundred people were killed in two villages in western Niger, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said, following a suspected militant attack during the weekend https://t.co/8S94ch5KNc pic.twitter.com/Z9RzlCrK4M
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 4, 2021
The Associated Press reports how thousands of people have been killed, and thousands of others displaced during years of violence and unrest despite thousands of international and regional troops trying to maintain peace.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock condemned the attacks in Niger and said that humanitarian partners are “scaling up to provide emergency assistance.”
I strongly condemn the attacks in Niger that have reportedly left close to 100 people dead, and forced hundreds more to flee.
Humanitarian partners are scaling up to provide emergency assistance.
This attack is an abhorrent reminder that civilians must never be a target. pic.twitter.com/SlFOYUONpY
— Mark Lowcock (@UNReliefChief) January 4, 2021
Extremists oppose the democratic process in Niger on religious grounds. On December 28, some 7.4 million Nigeriens were registered to vote and choose a successor to the nation’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou, who is stepping down after serving two terms. It will be the first democratic transition of power since the country gained independence from France way back in 1960.
On Saturday, results from the first round of the election were announced. None of the 28 candidates won a majority in the race, meaning former President Mahamane Ousmane and former Foreign Minister Mohamed Bazoum will go head-to-head in the second round on February 21.