NIAMEY, Niger — Suspected Islamic militants killed no less than 25 infantrymen on Thursday in an assault that got here only a month after the worst jihadist attack at the army in years, officers stated.
The assault, which additionally left dozens of militants useless, was once waged within the the town of Chinagodrar, on Niger’s stricken border with Mali. There was once no instant declare of accountability, however the attack bore the hallmarks of an Islamic State-linked team that stated it was once in the back of a December ambush at an army outpost close to the city of Inates.
This week, the United International locations envoy for West Africa and the Sahel described “a devastating surge in terrorist assaults in opposition to civilian and army objectives” within the area. The assaults come with the ambush ultimate month that killed 71 infantrymen.
The envoy, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, informed the United International locations Safety Council that terrorist assaults have greater fivefold in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger since 2016. Greater than four,000 deaths had been reported in 2019 in comparison with an estimated 770 deaths in 2016, he stated.
Army camps have an increasing number of been focused by means of the jihadists, who’ve gathered extra guns and automobiles for his or her arsenal with each and every ambush. Mali’s army already has retreated from a few of its maximum faraway and prone outposts.
Thursday’s assault comes simply days earlier than President Emmanuel Macron of France is predicted to satisfy with the president of Niger and different leaders from the Sahel area — a gathering that was once driven again a month in the past after the sooner assault.
The leaders from France’s former colonies of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger are anticipated to speak about the long run position of the French army within the face of mounting jihadist assaults.
Niger’s protection ministry stated past due Thursday that 63 jihadists were killed along side the 25 infantrymen within the new assault, which happened about seven miles from the border with Mali.