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15 mai 2019 | 09h00 UTC

Niger: Unidentified gunmen attack church in Tillaberi region May 13

Niger Alerte de sécurité

Unidentified gunmen attack a church in Dolbel (Tillaberi region) May 13; similar attacks possible over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 15/5/2019, 12h00 until 18/5/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Tillaberi region

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Event

Unidentified gunmen attacked a Catholic church in Dolbel (Tillaberi region) at approximately 20:00 (local time) on Monday, May 13. A priest was injured in the attack.

Similar attacks targeting places of worship in western Niger are possible over the coming weeks.

Context

Militants have been increasingly active along the Niger-Mali-Burkina Faso border area, which the countries' respective governments have had difficulty securing. Officials placed the Tillabéri region under a state of emergency in March 2017 due to an increase in attacks targeting refugee camps and security forces.

Niger faces a high threat from terrorism, including armed attacks and abductions. Militant Islamist cells from various Nigerian and Malian terrorist groups - including Boko Haram, Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), and Al-Mourabitoun - are all active in the country.

Advice

Individuals in Niger are advised to monitor the situation, remain vigilant for militant and criminal activity, and exercise vigilance when visiting sites deemed likely to be targeted in an attack (e.g. government buildings, prominent hotels, etc.). Many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to areas located in the north and west of the country.

 

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