By Erdogan Cagatay Zontur
ANKARA (AA) – Turkey on Thursday condemned a deadly terrorist attack in the West African country of Niger which left at least 70 soldiers dead.
“We are deeply saddened by the news that many Nigerien soldiers lost their lives or were injured in a terrorist attack on a military base, in the Inates region, near the Nigerien-Mali border,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“We strongly condemn this heinous terrorist attack. We extend our condolences to the brotherly People and Government of Niger and wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives and speedy recovery for those who were injured,” the statement added.
Suspected militants on Tuesday attacked a military camp in the village of Inates near the border with Mali, where fighters linked to Daesh/ISIS terrorist organization have long been active.
It was the second attack in two days against the army.
On Monday, three Nigerien soldiers and 14 terrorists were killed in an attack on an army post in the western Tahoua region.
Niger's Cabinet recently extended for another three months a state of emergency declared in 2017 in several regions to fight rebel attacks.