At least two civilians have been killed and several wounded in an attack by unidentified assailants on a UN refugee camp in Niger near the Malian border, sources told AFP Sunday.
“Two died and several refugees were injured in the attack last night (Saturday),” a source with a humanitarian aid group said after the assault at the Tabareybarey camp housing some 10,000 Malian refugees near the town of Ayorou in western Niger.
Ayorou mayor Zakaria Oumarou also confirmed there had been an attack in late Saturday, but did not confirm the toll or give other details.
A similar attack two years ago on the Mangaize camp, home to 6,000 Malians, saw heavily armed men kill nine members of Niger’s police and national security guard, according to authorities.
Hundreds of thousands of Malians have been displaced or fled their homeland for neighbouring countries since the north fell under the control of jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda in early 2012.
The UN refugee agency says more than 50,000 have sought refuge in Niger.
Despite a peace accord last year and a 2013 international military intervention, large tracts of Mali are still not controlled by domestic or foreign troops and remain subject to attacks by jihadist groups.