Aug 18

At least 36 Nigerian soldiers killed in ambush, helicopter crash

At least 36 Nigerian soldiers were killed in two attacks during operations against armed gangs in the northern-central state of Niger.
According to Reuters, gangs of heavily armed men have wreaked havoc across northwest Nigeria in the past two years, kidnapping thousands, killing hundreds and making it unsafe to travel by road or to farm in some areas. Defence spokesman Major-General Edward Buba said the fatalities include three officers and 22 soldiers, with seven soldiers wounded during an ambush around Kundu village in the Shiroro local government area in Niger state on 114 August.