On Friday, the French Defense Ministry released a statement saying that French forces in a joint military operation with Nigerien troops killed 120 terrorists and seized bomb-making equipment and vehicles in the Sahel.
Working along the violent tri-border area of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso in the Tillaberi region of Niger, the forces “neutralized” the terrorists without any loss of their own in a stunning operation.
“Ten motorcycles and other equipment used for the production of improvised explosive devices and for observation” were seized and destroyed in the operation.
In a statement, Niger’s Defense Minister Issoufou Katambe praised the “cooperation with the strategic partner (France) in the fight against terrorism” alongside the Armed Forces of Niger (FAN). He added that the joint operation “is in line with the recommendations of the Pau Summit of January 13.” The Tillaberi region has been wracked with violence by jihadist groups and the government forces are stretched thin. In a series of attacks in December and January, 174 government troops were killed.