Niger’s government confirms a new report on the attack on Chinagoder’s advanced military post on Thursday, 9 January 2020.
This new report indicates that eighty-nine soldiers were killed.
Government Spokesman Abdourahman Zakaria said the death toll, which was initially estimated at twenty-five among the military, was revised upward, following a sweeping operation in the area located about 15 km from the border with Mali.
The announcement was made at the end of the National Security Council meeting chaired by the President of Niger, Issoufou Mahamadou.
In the press release read Zakaria, a 72-hour national mourning is decreed as of Monday, 13 January 2020.
According to Defense Ministry Spokesman, Colonel Souleymane Gazobi, sixty-three terrorists were “neutralized and several motorcycles destroyed.”
The Chinagoder military post was attacked by heavily armed individuals, who stormed the area in large numbers, riding vehicles and motorcycles.
As a reminder, this attack on the Chinagoder barracks comes almost a month after a similar raid on the Inates camp on January 10, which claimed the lives of seventy-one Nigerien soldiers.