16 Niger soldiers killed in attack near the border with Mali

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NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A snare on a military watch close to Niger’s line with Mali executed 16 Niger warriors and left one missing, the public authority said.

The watch was getting back from a security mission close to the line with Mali in Tillia in the northern piece of Niger’s Tahoua locale when it was assaulted by a band of men riding bikes on Saturday evening, the Ministry of Interior said in an explanation late Sunday. Six different troopers were injured in the trap.

Niger’s military likewise blocked a gathering of suspected fanatics Friday night, killing at any rate 24 who were getting ready to assault Baibangou, a town around 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of the capital, Niamey, as indicated by an assertion from the service of safeguard.

“While in police custody, before being transported to Niamey, the suspected terrorists tried to escape around 4 a.m. and 24 of them were shot dead by the army,” the defense ministry said.

Both incidents are being officially investigated.

Niger and neighboring Burkina Faso and Mali are battling the spread of deadly extremist violence from groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. The increasing violence has killed thousands of people and displaced hundreds of thousands despite the presence of regional and international troops.

In Niger, hundreds of civilians have already been killed this year.

In January, at least 100 people were killed in Niger’s western villages of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye.

In March, a series of attacks on villages near Niger’s troubled border with Mali left at least 137 people dead in the deadliest violence to strike the West African nation.

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