At least four civilians and four members of the Nigerien Security Forces (SDF) were killed in a terrorist attack on Friday in Diffa, the large city in south-eastern Niger, near Nigeria, according to a new report announced on Saturday evening. by the government. “The provisional assessment is as follows: friendly side, four elements of the Defense and Security Forces (FDS) and four dead civilians. Eight elements of the SDF and five civilians wounded. On the enemy side: several terrorists neutralized (killed) including six abandoned bodies ”, specifies this assessment of the Nigerien Ministry of Defense broadcast Saturday evening on public television. “The sweep is in progress” in the area of ​​the attack, the ministry said. According to residents of Diffa, among the elements of the FDS killed are “two gendarmes and two police officers” and “the civilians were especially hit by stray bullets” during the heavy fighting. The government army destroyed seven attackers’ vehicles equipped with machine guns, and recovered weapons and equipment. Three cars, machine guns, rocket launchers, a mortar, a large amount of ammunition, two terrorist flags, cell phones, narcotics and syringes were seized, according to the authorities’ record. The Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) group emerged from a split from the terrorist group Boko Haram. On Friday, a senior official in the governorate of the Diffa region said that “elements of Boko Haram attacked Diffa from the side of the locality of Bagara”, in the southern part of the city, on the edge of the border with Nigeria.

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