Gunmen kill 12 Niger troops in attack near Mali border

(Aljazeera News) Gunmen mounted on pick-up trucks and motorcycles have killed at least 12 paramilitary police and wounded several others in a new attack in Niger’s restive southwest, near the Mali border.

The raid on the officers’ base happened in the early hours of Saturday in the town of Ayourou in the Tillaberi region, 200km northwest of the capital, Niamey.

It comes after an ambush at the beginning of October killed four Niger and US soldiers along the border, which has been regularly targeted by armed groups.

“There was a new attack. Twelve gendarmes were killed. We have launched search operations,” Mohamed Bazoum, interior minister, told AFP news agency on Saturday.

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Source: Aljazeera News Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.