At least fifteen Niger soldiers killed in terror attack near the border with Mali
Niger’s government says that an ambush on a military patrol near Niger’s border with Mali killed 16 Niger soldiers and left one missing.
The government statement said the patrol was returning from a security mission near the border with Mali in Tillia in the northern part of Niger’s Tahoua region when it was attacked by a band of men riding motorcycles on Saturday evening.
Six other soldiers were wounded in the ambush. Niger’s military also said it intercepted a group of suspected extremists Friday night, killing at least 24 who were preparing to attack Baibangou, a village about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of the capital, Niamey.