Ibrahim Miko, secretary-general of the government of the Tava region in western Niger, confirmed on May 2nd that a group of Nigerien government soldiers had been ambushed by militants in the region on the 1st, killing 16 soldiers.
Miko 2 on state television said that a group of Nigerien government soldiers on patrol in the Tyria region of Tava region was ambushed by unidentified armed men, resulting in the death of 16 soldiers, another 6 injured, 1 missing.
Niger borders Mali in the west. In recent years, extremist groups and terrorist groups linked to the extremist group Islamic State have carried out frequent attacks in the area, resulting in a large number of casualties. On 21 March this year, 137 civilians were killed in an attack by armed elements on several villages in the Tilia region of the Tawa region.