Jihadists have had control over much of Northern Mali since a coup attempt in 2012
“Most of the victims were murdered in a cowardly manner, their throats slit,” another, unnamed official told AFP.
Thousands of other people have also been displaced, pushed from their homes and lands due to the conflict.
Missionaries and humanitarian organisations are asking for an immediate response from the international community
The Boko Haram insurgency began in Nigeria in 2009, spreading across the Lake Chad Basin.
Insurgents riding motorcycles raided three villages in Niger’s Tahoua region bordering Mali on Sunday, killing 137 civilians.
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The "twin attacks" on two villages in Niger on the 2nd of January have caused the flight of over ten thousand inhabitants.