Niger suffered the worst attack in its history this Thursday, January 9, 2020. 89 soldiers died in Chinégodar, in the west, on the Malian border, according to a new report announced this Sunday, January 12. A situation that saddens the people of Niger whose President of the Republic Mahamadou Issoufou has decreed 72 hours of national mourning.
Government spokesman Zakaria Abdourahame reports 77 dead among enemies and 89 soldiers from the government army.
The death toll was greatly increased, especially since on Thursday, only 25 soldiers and 63 terrorists were declared dead.
This attack, the worst suffered in Niger since the revival of jihadist actions in 2015, occurred a month after that of Inates on December 10, 2020, in the same region of Tillabéri, which had claimed the lives of 71 soldiers. An attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
The form of the two attacks is the same, the use of motorcycles and vehicles carrying armed combatants who battle it out with army soldiers.
This new assessment is announced on the eve of the Pau summit, this Monday, January 13, in the southwest of France. A meeting that goes on the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron with the heads of state of the five G5-Sahel countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad to strengthen the legitimacy of French soldiers, including presence in these areas is often criticized. The objective will therefore be to try to mobilize European allies.