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Niger: Deadly attack in Assamaka September 23

Unidentified armed men attack security forces in Assamaka, near Algerian border, on September 23; five killed

26 Sep 11:41 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 9/23/2017, 12:00 AM until 9/26/2017, 11:59 PM (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Niger

Event

Unidentified assailants reportedly attacked Nigerien security forces in Assamaka, near the border with Algeria, on Saturday, September 23. Four security forces and one civilian were reportedly killed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Context

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 as well as 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

Visitors throughout Niger should exercise vigilance when visiting sites deemed particularly likely to be targeted by an attack (government buildings, prominent hotels, etc.) and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities. Many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to areas located in the north and west of the country, as well as areas along the Nigerian border to the south, due to the high risk of terrorist activity.

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