Land Mine Kills Five Soldiers in Southwest Niger Republic

An improvised explosive device (Land mine) has killed five Nigerien soldiers in the southwest of the Sahel country.

According to the defense ministry, an army patrol unit on Wednesday hit the device, killing the five soldiers and wounding two others.

The blast occurred in the Gotheye district of the Tillaberi region, which lies in a flashpoint zone where the frontiers of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali converge.

Western Niger has for years faced jihadi attacks, despite the efforts of international forces deployed to the wider Sahel region to fight the Islamist insurgents.

Niger which according to the U.N.’s Human Development Index, is the world’s poorest country, has to contend with two insurgencies.

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It has faced groups such as the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in the west, as well as Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the southeast, near the border with Nigeria.

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