Niamey, 16 July, 2021 / 8:36 pm (ACI Africa).
The recent attacks on two villages of a Catholic Parish in Niger that have received wide coverage claimed the lives of both Catholic Christians and Muslims, an Archbishop in the West African nation has told ACI Africa.
Based on “received reports” published by the International Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) on July 2, media outlets including Nigeria’s Daily Post and Observers Times went on to report that jihadists had attacked Fantio and Dolbel villages in the Tillabéri region of Southwestern Niger, killing all male Christians and burning down a Catholic church building.
The July 2 report by ACN did not specify the religion of those killed during the attacks but cited witnesses who had said "the terrorists attacked the places (villages) on two occasions, killing the men."
“Concerning the two attacks on the village of the first Christian in Niger, I would like to clarify that they were not only directed at Christians,” Archbishop Djalwana Laurent Lompo told ACI Africa Thursday, July 15.
Archbishop Lompo added, “These armed men killed seven people, including two (Catholic) Christians and five Muslims.”