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About 100 people were killed on Sunday in two villages of West Niger by terrorists in a string of civilian massacres that have rocked the Tillaberi region.

The attacked followed the announcement of first-round presidential results on Saturday in villages of Tchoma Bangou and Zaroumadareye.

A senior official in the Tillabéri region said that the attack occurred around noon local time (11:00 GMT).

The candidate of the ruling party, Mohamed Bazoum, former minister of the interior, won the first prize garnered 39.33% of the vote.

He also promised to strengthen the fight against jihadi groups behind the attack.

Almou Hassane, the mayor of the Tondikiwindi commune that administers both villages, said the residents were killed by terrorists who came on about 100 motorcycles. In Tchoma Bangou, 70 were found dead and 30 dead in Zaroumadareye, he told to the media.

Hassane also added that he had just returned from the scene of the attacks, there were also 25 wounded, some of whom were evacuated to Niamey and Ouallam for treatment.

Both the villages are 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of the capital Niamey.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini led a delegation to the area, while President Mahamadou Issoufou will hold an extraordinary security council on Monday, the presidency’s office said.

Outgoing president Mahamadou Issoufou expressed his condolences to the people of the two villages in a statement on Twitter in which he also condemned the “cowardly and barbaric attack.”

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