Nearly 29 Nigerien Soldiers Are Killed In A Jihadist Strike Near The Border With Mali: Know More Here

As they battle to put an end to a wave of attacks, jihadis have reportedly killed at least 29 Nigerien soldiers close to the nation’s border with Mali.

In a statement released late on Monday, Lt. Gen. Salifou Mody, the defence minister for the West African country of Niger, claimed that more than 100 extremists used improvised explosives to attack security personnel stationed at the border area as part of a clearance operation. This attack on Nigerien soldiers is the second of the past week.

Nearly 29 Nigerien Soldiers Are Killed In A Jihadist Strike Near The Border With Mali: Know More Here

According to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, extremist-related violence increased by more than 40% in the month following the military takeover of Niger. According to the initiative, jihadi attacks on civilians quadrupled in August compared to the previous month, and attacks on security personnel soared in the Tillaberi district, killing at least 40 soldiers.

“This attack unfortunately caused the loss of several of our valiant soldiers,” Mody said Monday. “The provisional assessment of this attack is as follows: on the friendly side, 29 soldiers fell. … On the enemy side, several dozen terrorists were neutralized, fifteen motorcycles destroyed, a large quantity of weapons and ammunition seized.”

The junta, which seized control of Niger following a coup against its democratically elected government in July, proclaimed a three-day period of national mourning for the victims.

It rehashed assertions from the past that “destabilisation operations” were being carried out by “certain foreign powers with the complicity of Nigerien traitors,” but provided no more information or evidence to support these accusations.

The military-backed junta made the assurance that “all efforts will be made to guarantee the security of people and their property throughout the national territory” in response to mounting pressure following the coup against Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum.

Years have been spent fighting a terrorist insurgency in Niger that has ties to both al-Qaida and the Islamic State. Since mutinous troops overthrew the junta in July, attacks have intensified, raising doubts about its ability to strengthen Niger’s security.

The Sahel region of Africa’s Niger was thought to be one of the remaining democratic states that Western countries could work with to quell the Islamic insurgency in the huge area below the Sahara Desert. Several European nations, including France, the United States, and others invested hundreds of millions of euros in bolstering the Nigerien military.

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