Eleven people were killed in western Niger, a flashpoint for jihadist attacks when armed men on motorbikes raided three villages near the Malian border, local officials said.
An official told AFP on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity said assailants arrived on several motorbikes around 5pm. They killed three people at Zibane-Koira Zeno, another at Zibane Koira-Tegui and seven more in Gadabo, with one person wounded.
A source close to one of the village chiefs confirmed the toll from the triple attack, the latest in a string of raids in the poor Sahel state that have claimed more than 300 lives since the start of the year.
The assailants encircled the villages and ran down and killed people who tried to flee, they also made off with animals, set fire to school classrooms and looted a health centre. This is the second attack on the three villages in less than a year.