Niger: Border attacks kill 3 security forces; 4 injured
19 March 2016, 19:27
Niamey - Niger's defence ministry says three gendarmes
were killed and four security forces injured in separate attacks this week.
In a statement on Thursday night, the ministry said
unidentified gunmen in a pick-up truck and on motorbikes struck gendarmes
Wednesday night near the country's western border shared with Mali and Burkina
Faso. One officer was injured.
Earlier Wednesday night, suspected Boko Haram militants
hit near the town of Bosso in a region that has come under regular attack by
the Nigeria-based extremists.
Three security forces were injured while five assailants
wearing explosive belts — three of them women — were killed.
Niger plans to close its borders for a presidential
runoff vote scheduled for Sunday.
President Mahamadou Issoufou is running for a second