Jihadists kill all male Christians, destroy Catholic Church in Niger Republic
Jihadists killed all the male Christians in Fantio and Dolbel, after attacking the two towns in the Tillabéri region in the south west of Niger Republic.
The two towns were abandoned by the rest of the inhabitants as women with small children and babies have all fled to the Dori region of Burkina Faso.
According to PM News, AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED (ACN), which reported the attacks, quoted the women as saying the terrorists attacked the towns twice, killing the men.
The jihadists burnt down a statue of the Virgin Mary, liturgical books and musical instruments in Fantio after they desecrated the Blessed Sacrament by throwing the sacred hosts on the ground.
This is the third parish in this part of Niger that has been abandoned due to terrorist attacks and incursions by extremist groups.
Survivors of the attacks fled to Niamey, the capital, to seek refuge in the parish of Téra, or cross the border into the Diocese of Dori in Burkina Faso.