A U.S. Special Operations team was attacked on October 4, 2017 in the landlocked nation of Niger, West Africa. The attack killed three members and left two injured.
The team was patrolling the southwest region of the country, near the Mali-Niger border when the attack took place.
Speaking to CNN, US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo, a spokesman for Africa Command said, “A joint US and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger.” He added, the military was working to confirm details on the incident.
The wounded U.S. troops were immediately evacuated to the capital Niamey, as per the administration officials.
Further, the soldiers are be transported to Germany for advance treatment. Both the injured soldiers are currently stable.
Niger is a landlocked nation in West Africa. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. Needless to say it a hotspot for terrorist groups.
There is known terrorist activity in ISIS affiliated Boko Haram not to mention the al Qaeda’s North African branch in the Islamic Maghreb.
The U.S. military has maintained a small presence in the country to combat the issues faced on account of terrorist activity. The U.S. Special Operations Forces have been posted to aid the local troops in their battle against terrorism.
Despite numerous resistance efforts made by the community, the al Queda has maintained a presence on the Mali-Niger border since 2014.
U.S. President Donald Trump was briefed on the attack on October 4, 2017, by his chief of staff John Kelly.