Armed men in southwestern Niger have killed at least 58 people when they intercepted a convoy returning from a weekly market and attacked a nearby village, the government said on Tuesday. Al Jazeera reports that the attacks on Monday occurred in the Tillabery region, which is near the border with Mali and Burkina Faso and has seen increasingly deadly attacks by armed groups active across the region with links to ISIL and al-Qaeda. Not only are armed groups active in the Tillabery region, but the counterterrorism offensives against them have helped give rise to ethnic militias, analysts say, leading to a rise in intercommunal tensions.