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Opposition demands investigation into massacre

The opposition Front Democratique du Nouveau (FDR) in Niger has called for the establishment of an independent commission of enquiry into a mass grave discovered on Boultoungoure Island in Lake Chad, according to ‘l’Alternative’, an independent newspaper in Niamey.

In a letter to the Ministry of Justice, FDR leader Issa Lamine, also called for “an end to the rule of impunity which has a tendency to take root in our country”.

The graves contained the bodies of some 150 ex-rebels from the Toubou ethnic minority, who were members of the FDR. They were killed more than two months after a peace agreement was signed in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, between the FDR and the Niamey authorities, but responsibility for the massacre has not yet been determined.

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