Jihad-hit Niger's New President Blasts 'terrorists' For 'war Crimes'
Niger's newly-elected president, Mohamed Bazoum, hit out at "terrorist groups whose barbarity has exceeded every limit" after taking the helm Friday of a country struggling with two jihadist insurgencies
Niamey, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Apr, 2021 ) :Niger's newly-elected president, Mohamed Bazoum, hit out at "terrorist groups whose barbarity has exceeded every limit" after taking the helm Friday of a country struggling with two jihadist insurgencies.
These groups "carry out large-scale massacres of innocent civilians, and in doing so, commit real war crimes," Bazoum declared.
"No terrorist leader has ever formulated any grievance against our state," he said.
He was previously right-hand man to Mahamadou Issoufou, 68, who has voluntarily stepped down after two five-year terms.
His inauguration marks the first handover between elected leaders in Niger's 60-year post-independence history, but jihadist attacks and an alleged attempted coup have overshadowed ceremonies.
More than 300 people have been killed in three attacks in the west since the start of the year.
Combatting them "will be very difficult so long as the Malian state does not exercise full sovereignty over these regions," he said.
It described this as a "cowardly and regressive act which sought to threaten democracy and the state of law".
The West African nation has suffered four coups in its history, most recently a February 2010 putsch which toppled then president Mamadou Tandja.