Gunmen kill 15 soldiers in Niger
Published: 11:21 AM, 6 May 2021
At least 15 soldiers have been killed in an attack by unnamed gunmen on an army post in the West African country of Niger. Four more people were wounded in the incident.
The attack took place on Tuesday at Tillaberi, southwestern part of the country. A statement from Niger’s defense ministry confirmed the news to Reuters on Wednesday.
The Niger Defense Ministry said in a statement that the dead soldiers were part of a special operation called “Almahau”. On Tuesday afternoon, armed men on motorcycles attacked them.
Several assailants were also killed in the shelling on both sides. The rest retreated and headed north.
It is learned that the area where the attack took place is on the border of Mali and Burkina Faso. Two days earlier, 16 soldiers had been killed in another attack by gunmen in the Tahoua regions near Tillaberi.
In 2018, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants began crossing the border from Mali’s bases into Niger. Since then, hundreds of Nigerian soldiers and civilians have been killed in a series of attacks.
Despite the deployment of 5,000 troops from the former colonial power of France, along with government forces from coastal West African countries, to suppress the militants in these areas, their level of violence this year has raised questions about their progress.