At least 17 Nigerian soldiers killed in ambush: government spokesman

NIAMEY: Armed Men Killed At Least 17 Nigerian Soldiers In An Ambush Near The Frontier With Mali, Where Several Jihadist Groups Are Active, And 11 Other Soldiers Are Missing, A Government Spokesman Wednesday Said.

The Attack Happened Tuesday Near The Tongo Tongo City, Where Fighters Of An Islamic State Subsidiary Killed Four US Special Forces UU And Four Nigerian Soldiers In An Ambush In October 2017, Spokesman Abdourahamane Zakaria Told Reuters.

Zakaria Did Not Identify The Perpetrators Of The Attack, Which Is One Of The Most Lethal Against The Military In The West Of Recent Years.

The Jihadists, Including The Affiliates Of Al Qaeda And The Islamic State, Have Intensified The Attacks Against Civilian And Military Targets Throughout The Sahelian Region Of West Africa This Year, Especially Along The Porous Borders Between Niger. Mali And Burkina Faso.

Niger Also Faces A Threat In The Southeast Of Boko Haram And A Splinter Group Affiliated With The Islamic State, Both Based In The Neighboring Niger, Chad And Cameroon, But Frequently Attack.