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Niger Attacks Leave 7 Police Officers And 4 Soldiers Dead

Niger Attacks Leave 7 Police Officers And 4 Soldiers Dead

On Tuesday, two separate attacks near border Niger and Burkina Faso and Libya left seven police officers and four soldiers dead.

According to the country’s government, unidentified armed bandits attacked the Petelkole police station near Burkina Faso in western Niger and a military base in Djado in the country’s desert-covered far north.

Besides the dead police officers, 10 others sustained injuries, with four of them in very critical condition.

Niger’s interior ministry said the bandits burned six vehicles including three which belonged to the police. After their ordeal at the station, the bandits apparently made off with three other vehicles.

Consequently, a statement said these thugs set shops and houses around the police station on fire.

During the second attack in Djado, the ministry said they lost four soldiers, with another seriously injured. The bandits also !are off with two vehicles.

“Security measures have been immediately strengthened in the two areas,” the interior ministry said.

The Petelkole attack happened in the Tera district of the Tillaberi region. Jihadi groups with affiliation to al-Qaida or the Islamic State specifically attack this area on a regular basis.

In October 2021, Boko Haram terrorists killed three Nigerien police officers and left several others with injuries. In May 2017, they again killed two police officers and a civilian in an attack on the same post.

Inside Guinea-Bissau

Meanwhile, In other story, the government of Guinea-Bissau threatened to jail or impose fines on private radio station operators. The government threatened to do this over non-payment of license fees in a move branded as an attack on press freedom.

The move follows the recent suspension of all private radio stations in the West African nation over unpaid fees.

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