Aug 17

Niger says 17 of its soldiers killed in ambush near Burkina Faso border.

Niger’s junta says 17 of its soldiers were killed in an ambush by insurgents. This is by far the deadliest attack since a July 26 coup whose leaders have cited persistent insecurity as a justification for deposing the civilian government. Reuters reports that the ambush took place on Tuesday about 60 km from the capital Niamey, in a southwestern area that borders Burkina Faso. The defense ministry says 100 attackers it referred to as “terrorists” were killed..