Niger Army Killed 24 'suspected Terrorists': Government
Niamey, May (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 3rd May, 2021 ) :Niger troops killed 24 "suspected terrorists' after they sought to escape after being captured in the west of the country, the government said Sunday.
The suspects had been planning an attack on the market town of Banibangou but the army was alerted and, after an exchange of fire, 26 people were arrested on April 28, the defence ministry said in a statement. One of the "suspected terrorists" died later from gun wounds.
As they were awaiting transfer to nearby Chinegodar, where there is a military base "the prisoners tried to escape" overnight on Thursday and managed to disarm a guard, the ministry said.
"After ignoring warning shots, 24 prisoners were fatally wounded and one of them was able to escape", it said, adding that an inquiry had been launched.