A terrorist attack in the Nigerian city of Banibangou, in Tillaberi, near the border with Mali, killed 15 Nigerian soldiers last Tuesday (4).
According to the Ministry of Defense of Niger, armed men attacked troops fighting in the anti-jihadist operation Almahou. With the deaths, the number of soldiers killed in the last four days in Tillaberi rises to 31.
At least four agents were injured in the attack. "On the enemy's side, several terrorists were killed and equipment was destroyed," the Nigerian government said in a statement, without needing numbers or details of the circumstances of the attack.
On Saturday, 16 Nigerian soldiers were killed after an attack on the patrol in the Tahoua region, near Mali. One of the agents is still missing. On March 21, several villages in the triple border region became the target of coordinated terrorist attacks that killed more than 140 people.
Epicenter of jihadist violence
Tillaberi is considered the new epicenter of the jihadist wave that has taken over Sahel Central. The killings are part of a wave of attacks by armed groups linked to ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Niger's triple border region with Mali and Burkina Faso.
The violence deepens the security challenges faced by the new president of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, elected at the end of February. Bazoum takes the place of Mahamadou Issoufou, at the head of the country since 2011, who left power after two terms in the country's first peaceful presidential transition since independence France in 1960.
Niger has classified jihadist violence as the biggest killer in years. The poorest country in the world, according to the UN (United Nations) classification, is still fighting the spread of Nigeria's Boko Haram, which is advancing over the southeast of the country.