At least 14 people have been killed in a gun attack in western niger near the borden with mali.
In a statement the interior ministry said unidentified assailants attacked a village in bani bangu district. It said the victims include nine people working in the fields while another was injured.
Officials say they have stepped up security measures and an investigation is underway. Bani bangu falls inside what is known as the three border region between niger burkina faso and mali. It has been the scene of a bloody attacks by terrorist groups for years.