Fifteen troopers have been killed and 6 extra are lacking after a “terrorist” assault in southwest Niger, close to the border with Burkina Faso, the defence ministry introduced Sunday.
The troopers had been first ambushed and later hit by an Improvised Explosive System as they tried to evacuate their wounded within the Saturday assault round 11:00 am (1000 GMT), the ministry stated.
The toll of the assault within the Torodi area is “15 troopers killed, seven wounded and 6 lacking,” the assertion added.
Backed by army plane, Niger’s floor forces launched a “broad search of the world” as a way to “apprehend the terrorists,” the assertion stated.
Torodi is within the southwest of the Tillaberi area which lies alongside the borders of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali.
It’s topic to frequent assaults by the Islamic State within the Better Sahara (EIGS) and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group to Help Islam and Muslims (GSIM), the biggest jihadist alliance within the Sahel.
The suspected jihadist assaults more and more goal civilians within the Tillaberi area, an unlimited, arid territory.
Some 33 villagers had been killed in two separate assaults inside the final week additional north, in direction of the border with Mali.
A contingent of 1,200 Chadian troopers is deployed within the three-borders area as a part of a multinational pressure put collectively by the G5 Sahel group, which contains Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.