In the region of Segou, eight malian soldiers died and four others were injuried, according to corresponding sources This attack happened a few days after the continuation of the state of emergency for a duration of six months by the National Assembly. The attack was led by terrorists in the center of Mali, between Nampala and Diabali. A vehicle of the army was destroyed and an other one taken by the aggressors. Nampala, close to the Mauritanian border, is a city which was aimed by several murderous Jihadist attacks. Certain assaults were claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb ( Aqmi), as in January, 2015, when more than ten soldiers died under the fire of the Jihadist fighters. There are often fights between Jihadists, malian and military soldiers: five malian soldiers were killed to Gourma Rharous, in the region of Timbuktoo, at the end of the month and the military force Barkhane killed twenty Jihadists in the southwest of Gao, that’s why the National Assembly decided to extend the state of emergency of six months.
Seven Boko Haram insurgents were killed while several others wounded yesterday evening during an encounter with troops of 119 Battalion Group of 8 Division of the Nigerian Army deployed in Kangarwa, one of the villages in the hinterland of northern Borno. A statement on Sunday from the director army public relations officer, Col Sani Usman, said the insurgents who had earlier on Tuesday attacked an isolated village in Dasa, were fiercely engaged by the troops forcing them to hastily retreat in disarray after sustaining casualties.
Five soldiers who sustained injuries during the offensive have been evacuated and are currently receiving treatment in the hospital. Troops are still on aggressive pursuit of the fleeing insurgents.
Heavily armed gunmen riding motor bikes and other vehicles raided a village and killed five soldiers in Niger near the border with Mali early on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said, amid signs of a growing Islamist insurgency in the region. Dozens of attackers entered Banigabou, about 20 km (12 miles) from the frontier before dawn – gunshots rang out for two hours, said residents. The ministry did not name the raiders, though Islamist militants based in Mali’s desert north have been pushing south toward its capital and over borders in the fragile Sahel region into Niger and Burkina Faso.
At least two soldiers are feared dead after a bomb explosion along Banki – Usmanari – Kumshe road in Borno State. About eight soldiers of the 152 TF Battalion of the Nigerian Army were also injured in the explosion which occurred at about 8:10 a.m. One canter truck was destroyed in the explosion while the injured persons are currently receiving first aid treatment before they are evacuated by air to the hospital.
The Nigerian army has lost almost 46 soldiers to Boko Haram insurgents, including high profile lieutenant- colonel Abu Ali. He and his soldiers were ambushed by Boko Haram fighters who killed over 40 soldiers and lost 14 of their men. An official said the attack occurred at Mallam Fatori, a major Boko Haram stronghold on Friday. Abu Ali was hit by several bullets as he and his men fought to repel the insurgents. As the fight against the insurgents gets tougher, the Army have also raised the alarm over suspected sabotage by some highly-placed elders in northeast who are aiding the insurgents.
Boko Haram jihadists killed two soldiers and razed a village adjoining the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the group kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls two years ago, residents said Sunday. “Boko Haram gunmen attacked the village around 19:30. They fired indiscriminately and hurled explosives,” resident Bitrus John told AFP. “They killed two soldiers and injured another one in gunfight,” he said. Troops patrolling the area engaged the Islamists in a shootout, allowing residents to flee the village unhurt, said John.