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  23 Oct 2021, 10:17

Niger confirms 11 security personnel killed in attack

NIAMEY, Oct 23, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - Eleven Nigerien security personnel died in

an ambush against a regional prefect's motorcade near the country's border
with Burkina Faso on Wednesday, the interior ministry said on Friday.

  The ministry's toll was higher than the deaths reported by local officials.

  The attack by suspected jihadists on the convoy transporting the Bankilare
district prefect was the first against government officials in Tillaberi.

  It is part of the "tri-border" zone between Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali,
known for high levels of attacks by jihadists linked to Al Qaeda and the
Islamic State group (IS), especially against civilians.

  The ministry said in a statement that 10 National Guard personnel and one
gendarme "fell on the field of honour", adding that three more people had
been wounded.

  Two National Guard vehicles were burnt and another damaged by the
unidentified assailants, who used rifles and rocket launchers, the ministry
said.

  "An investigation is under way to find and bring to justice the
perpetrators of this criminal attack," the statement added.

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