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04 Apr 2020 | 09:43 AM UTC

Niger: Militants killed in clashes with security forces in Tillaberi region April 2

Militants and security forces killed during clashes in Tillaberi region on April 2; further unrest expected in near term

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Event

On Thursday, April 2, some 63 jihadists were killed amid clashes with security forces in the Tillaberi region near the Malian border. Four Nigerien soldiers were also reportedly killed in the fighting, which lasted several hours until the group of remaining militants were forced to flee. The army recovered dozens of weapons and motorcycles from the attackers following the clashes.

A heightened security presence is expected in the area over the coming days.

Context

More than 170 soldiers have been killed in Niger in several attacks since December 2019, largely in the Sahel region of the country.

Advice

Individuals in the Tillaberi region are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.The security environment in Niger remains complex and professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.