The Nigerian military says Sunday that at least 79 militants and 29 soldiers were killed in an attack on a G5 Sahel military base in western Niger.
“Hundreds“Armed and unidentified assailants have cleared the site in the Dillaperi area on motorcycles, according to staff at the site. The G5 includes Sahel Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad.
No claim was made for the attack. Several armed groups, including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, are currently operating in Niger and the Sahel.
Small control over territory
Niger continues to face such attacks, especially along the border with Mali. In this country of 25 million people, the Nigerian government does not have much control over the vast territory of the desert, which is a weakness used by criminal networks such as jihadist groups and human traffickers.
In 2017, the G5 Sahel was created to strengthen cooperation between Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad. Launched the same year by France, Germany and the European Union, the Sahel Alliance provides regional support in the geographical area from Senegal to Djibouti.
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