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17 Niger troops killed in armed assault close to Mali border: Ministry Acquire US

The Nigerien protection ministry mentioned one other 20 troopers have been additionally wounded within the assault.

A minimum of 17 Niger troopers have been killed in an assault by suspected armed teams close to the border with Mali, the nation’s defence ministry has mentioned.

In accordance with an announcement printed late on Tuesday, “a detachment of the Nigerien Armed Forces (FAN) shifting between Boni and Torodi was the sufferer of a terrorist ambush close to the city of Koutougou (52 km south-west of Torodi)”

It added that one other 20 troopers had been injured, with all of them evacuated to Niamey, the capital.

Greater than 100 assailants have been “neutralised” throughout their retreat, the military mentioned.

Within the final decade, the border space the place central Mali, northern Burkina Faso and western Niger converge has change into the epicentre of violence by armed teams linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS), within the Sahel.

Anger on the bloodshed has fuelled navy takeovers in all three nations since 2020, with Niger the newest to fall to a coup on July 26 when President Mohamed Bazoum was ousted.

Southeast Niger can also be the goal of armed teams crossing from northeastern Nigeria — the cradle of a marketing campaign initiated by Boko Haram in 2010.

This can be a growing story. Extra to comply with.

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