The government declares three days of national mourning following the attack by suspected armed groups. At least 29 soldiers have been killed in an attack in western Niger, according to the country’s defence ministry. It added that two soldiers were seriously wounded and “several dozen terrorists” were also killed. The attack took place near the country’s border with Mali during military operations aimed at “neutralising the threat posed” by the ISIL (ISIS) armed group in the area, according to the ministry. The “three borders” area between Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso is regularly the scene of attacks by fighters affiliated with ISIL and al-Qaeda.
Source: GNN Liberia October 03, 2023 16:17 UTC