Over 60 Killed In Niger Military Camp Attack

Nigerien commandos durinng April 2018 military exercises in Ouallam

An adviser to Niger's president says at least 70 soldiers have been killed by suspected jihadists in the West African country's deadliest attack yet.

"A substantial number of terrorists were neutralised" in Tuesday's attack which also left 12 military personnel injured and others missing, the ministry added.

Tuesday's attack struck a base in the western Niger town of Inates, the sources said, in the same area where the Islamic State group's West African branch killed almost 50 Nigerien soldiers in two attacks in May and July. "The explosions from ammunition and fuel were the cause of the heavy toll", the source said, as quoted by the agency.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which is believed to be the deadliest against Niger's military in living memory.

President Mahamadou Issoufou tweeted on Wednesday that he would be cutting short his overseas trip to Egypt so he could return home to deal with the crisis, The Associated Press reported.

The meeting will now take place early next year.


"The attack killed more than 60", the source said.

Niger forces have been fighting against Boko Haram militants as well as jihadists linked to the Daesh* group.

Militant groups are active across the region and Niger is a member of the G5 Sahel group, along with Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Chad - aimed at tackling the insurgency.

Heavily armed "terrorists" in a dozen 4x4 vehicles led the attack early Monday morning on the military post in Tahoua, the ministry statement said.

Two of the sources said another 30 soldiers had been wounded.

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