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  • Updated: May 21, 2024

Niger Republic: Soldiers, dozens of terrorists dead in clash

Niger Republic: Soldiers, dozens of terrorists dead in clash

The Niger Republic's military government announced on Tuesday that seven soldiers and dozens of terrorists were killed in clashes in the western Tillaberi region, a hotbed of insurgency linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

The defence ministry reported that suspected jihadists attacked a military position in Boni on Monday, wounding two people, including a civilian.

The ministry stated that "several dozen terrorists" were "neutralized" and their vehicles destroyed.

The Tillaberi region, near Burkina Faso, has been plagued by extremist violence, and this latest incident highlights the ongoing security challenges faced by the Nigerien military.

Defence Minister General Salifou Modi, in the statement, also reassured people of the “unwavering determination of the defence and security forces to continue the fight against the terrorist threat.”

Tillaberi is in the vast and unstable “three borders” region between Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, where insurgents have carried out attacks for years despite the massive deployment of anti-jihadist forces.

Seventeen Nigerien soldiers were killed in a terrorist ambush in the area between Boni and Torodi in August.

The Niger Republic is ruled by military leaders who seized power in a July 2023 coup, citing a worsening security situation as justification for the power grab.

The Niamey regime also faces violence from Boko Haram jihadists and their rivals, Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP, from the southeastern region of Diffa, near Nigeria.

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