RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has condemned a terrorist attack in Niger on Monday that targeted soldiers deployed close to the nation’s border with Mali, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. At least 29 Nigerien soldiers were killed and many more were seriously injured.
More than 100 extremists used homemade explosives in the assault on security forces who were carrying out a clearance operation in the border region of the West African nation, Niger’s defense minister, Lt. Gen. Salifou Mody, said on Monday. It was the second such attack on Nigerien soldiers in the space of a week.
The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Kingdom strongly condemns the attack and rejects all forms of violence and terrorist activities. It also sent its condolences to the victims’ families and the people of Niger.