dimanche, 18 août 2019
Etoiles inactivesEtoiles inactivesEtoiles inactivesEtoiles inactivesEtoiles inactives

Islamic State jihadists in southwestern Niger have killed seven leaders of the Tuareg ethnic group in less than three months, as part of a strategy to create a political void in the region, officials said Tuesday.

Three traditional Tuareg chiefs and four senior Tuareg officials have been killed since late April by the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in the volatile region of Niger on the Mali border, they said.

Arrisal Amdagh, a Tuareg chief in the rural district of Inates, was shot dead at his home in April, and his son Almoubacher Ag Alamjadi, who succeeded him, was killed on Monday, a Nigerien security source said.

Their deaths were confirmed to AFP by Defence Minister Kalla Moutari on Tuesday.

Four senior members of the tribe were killed by a roadside bomb as they were heading to the father's funeral, their relatives said last month.

In a separate incident in June, a traditional Tuareg leader in Bankilare district was kidnapped and killed, a local source said.

Niger, one of the world's poorest countries, lies in the heart of the fragile Sahel region, which is battling an Islamist insurgency.

Insurgent groups are active in the west and north of the country, spilling over from a long-running campaign in Mali, while Nigeria's Boko Haram is present in the country's southeast.

"The ISGS strategy is to kill traditional chiefs in the border areas," a security source said.

"It's a way of voiding the area of an effective state presence, enabling you to move in and impose your law."

On July 1, 18 Nigerien soldiers were killed when jihadists struck an army camp at Inates, according to the defence ministry.

Niger is part of the so-called G5 Sahel group of five nations set up to manage a coordinated response to the jihadist insurgency in the impoverished region.

Middle East Online

Articles récents

29/07/2019, 02:58
le-niger-se-dotera-bientot-d-une-zone-franche-pour-stimuler-sa-croissance-gouvernement Le Niger compte bientôt établir une zone franche industrielle d'exportation en vue de stimuler la croissance...Lire plus...
29/07/2019, 02:55
l-opposant-exile-hama-amadou-dechu-de-la-presidence-de-son-parti Hama Amadou est déchu de la présidence de son parti qu’il dirigeait depuis son exil. Après...Lire plus...
26/07/2019, 11:33
ils-ont-ete-liberes-grace-a-vous Après l’annonce de la nouvelle loi sur les finances 2018 au Niger, en octobre 2017, une coalition de...Lire plus...
26/07/2019, 11:29
l-etat-condamne-a-payer-10-millions-f-cfa-a-une-chaine-tele « Le tribunal de Grande instance hors classe de Niamey a constaté que la fermeture et...Lire plus...
25/07/2019, 11:52
des-armes-en-provenance-du-nord-mali-interceptees-par-la-police Tous les pays de la bande sahélo saharienne sont aujourd’hui en proie à une...Lire plus...
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
Total des votes:
Premier vote:
Dernier vote: