At least two members of the National Guard died and three others were injured in an attack on Saturday against a checkpoint in the city of Assamaka in northwest Niger, the African country’s media reported on Monday.
Sources cited by L’Evenement Niger newspaper attacked unidentified people on board vehicles at the post office near the Algerian border, stole two vehicles and heavy weapons, after which they fled towards the Mali border.
The Nigerian authorities have not yet decided on the attack, which has not been alleged by any of the armed groups operating in the country.
Niger has been the scene of an upsurge in jihadist violence, particularly in the Lake Chad area – the Diffa region – and on the border with Burkina Faso and Mali – Tillaberi and Tahoua – where several jihadist groups are active. , including the affiliates of Al Qaeda and Islamic State.