Soldiers killed in ambush in Niger

At least 17 soldiers in Niger have been killed and several more are missing after their patrol was ambushed by gunmen close to the border with Mali.

The incident happened on Tuesday near the town of Tongo Tongo in the Tillaberi region.

That is the same region where four US and five Niger soldiers were killed when their joint patrol was ambushed in 2017.

That attack was claimed by fighters from an Islamic State affiliate.

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