YEMEN Press Agency

17 soldiers killed in Niger

SANAA, May 16 (YPA) – Nigerian Authorities announced on Wednesday that at least 17 soldiers were killed and 11 others missing in an ambush near the border with Mali.

“The attack took place on Tuesday near the town of Tongo Tongo, where Islamic State loyalists killed 17 Niger soldiers were killed, and 11 were missing in an ambush,” government spokesman Abdul Rahman Zakaria told Reuters.

In October 2017, four American and five Nigerien soldiers were killed when their convoy was ambushed at Tongo Tongo, an attack later claimed by Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.