In a devastating turn of events, the death toll from the TISSILATANE ambush on Niger forces has tragically risen to 211, with 13 Special Forces (SFS) members still missing and 34 others left injured.
The latest reports indicate that out of the initially reported 71 missing individuals, 58 bodies have been recovered, intensifying the gravity of the situation.
The deadly ambush was executed in a joint operation by the extremist groups EIGS (Islamic State in the Greater Sahara) and JNIM (Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin).
Intelligence sources have identified the masterminds behind this coordinated attack as Abdou Tcheouguel, Issa Barey, Perodji Djouldé, and Adamou Dalo.
This tragic incident follows the recent announcement of a strategic and operational alliance between the two major terrorist groups in the Sahel region.
Just a week ago, it was disclosed that EIGS and JNIM had joined forces to enhance their actions in Niger, setting the stage for increased security concerns and heightened tensions in the region.
As the nation mourns the loss of its brave soldiers and grapples with the aftermath of this ruthless attack, questions about the effectiveness of counter-terrorism efforts and the overall security situation in Niger loom large.
The international community closely watches developments, emphasizing the urgent need for collaborative measures to combat the rising threat of terrorism in the Sahel.