Dozens of soldiers killed in Niger by suspected extremists

Dozens of soldiers killed in Niger by suspected extremists
# 03 October 2023 07:57 (UTC +04:00)

Twenty-nine soldiers were killed in western Niger in an attack by suspected extremists, the defense ministry said on Monday night, declaring a three-day national mourning period, APA reports citing France24.

The soldiers were targeted using "improvised explosive devices and kamikaze vehicles by more than a hundred terrorists", the ministry said in a televised statement.

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 "neutralizing the threat posed by the Islamic State" in the area, according to the ministry.

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