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08 Oct 2019 | 11:54 AM UTC

Niger: Militants attack soldiers in Dogondoutchi October 6

Niger News Alert

Militants attack soldiers in Dogondoutchi October 6; similar attacks possible in the region over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/9/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Dogondoutchi

Event

Unidentified militants reportedly attacked Nigerien soldiers in Dogondoutchi (southwest) on Sunday, October 6. At least two soldiers were killed and five others wounded in the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of Tuesday, October 8.

Similar attacks in western Niger are possible over the coming weeks.

Context

Several militant groups have been active along the Niger-Mali-Burkina Faso border area, which the countries' respective governments have had difficulty securing in recent years. Niger faces a high threat from terrorism, including armed attacks and abductions. Militant Islamist cells from various Nigerian and Malian terrorist groups - including Boko Haram, Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), and Al-Mourabitoun - are all active in the country.

Advice

Individuals in Niger are advised to monitor the situation, remain vigilant for militant and criminal activity, and exercise vigilance when visiting sites deemed likely to be targeted in an attack (e.g. government buildings, prominent hotels, etc.). Many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to areas located in the north and west of the country.

 

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