Four Nigerien soldiers died on Monday and another eight were seriously injured in the explosion of a homemade mine in the southeast of the country, near Nigeria, the Ministry of Defense indicated.
Nigerian army troops ” they came across an improvised explosive device, “one of the main methods of the jihadists in the region, the ministry said in a statement, specifying that” the balance on the friendly side is, unfortunately, four dead and eight seriously injured.
According to the source, the military was involved in the “persecution” of “terrorists” (according to the terminology of the Sahel authorities to refer to jihadists) who had attacked, the day before, the military post of Shetima Wangu, in the Diffa region (southeast).
The area where the explosion took place is located in a border region where jihadist incursions are frequent.
The group jihadist Boko Haram, who emerged in Nigeria in 2009, established bases and n some of the islets of Lake Chad, a vast swamp on the border between Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
Since 2009, the conflict with the jihadists has caused more than 36. 000 killed in northeastern Nigeria and has forced nearly 2 million people to flee their homes.
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