Search on for 11 Niger soldiers missing after ambush killed 17 May 16, 2019 0 961 12345 AFPNiameyA search was under way Wednesday for 11 Niger soldiers missing since an ambush by armed men the day before left 17 of their colleagues dead and several injured, security sources said.A military patrol was ambushed Tuesday afternoon near the village of Tongo Tongo in the western Tillaberi region along the border with Mali, they said. One of the military vehicles had set off an explosive device.A source said the “provisional” death toll of 17 may yet rise, and referred to a “terrorist attack”.Several troops were injured and evacuated to the capital Niamey, a different source said. By Wednesday, “several soldiers were still not responding to calls,” said another, adding that “search operations are ongoing.” According to the news site Actuniger, a patrol of 52 Niger soldiers happened upon a group of heavily armed men at Baley Beri, near Tongo Tongo. Heavy fighting ensued, lasting more than two hours.Twenty-two soldiers made it back to their base at Ouallam in three vehicles, while the rest were unaccounted for, it said, citing local and security sources. This is the same region where four American and five Niger soldiers were killed in a jihadist attack in October 2017.Niger is one of a number of poor, fragile countries in the Sahel region that have been hit by a radical revolt.Different militant groups operate in the country’s west and north, and Boko Haram from Nigeria in its southeast. RELATED ARTICLES Alleged Rohingya traffickers shot by Bangladesh police May 16, 2019 0 457 Sri Lanka limps to normalcy amid fresh night curfew in some areas May 16, 2019 0 438 Clashes in Indian state of Kolkata spark election row May 16, 2019 0 1004 German girl of Pakistani parents disappears in Islamabad Islamabad: Police in Islamabad are conducting raids to trace the German-born teenage daughter of Pakistani parents who disappeared from her uncle’s house at the weekend, officials said on Wednesday.The parents, who .. Kabul election results announced almost 7 months after election dpa Kabul Nine women are among 33 lawmakers who will represent Kabul in parliament, Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Wednesday, announcing the final results of the elections that took place .. ‘People are dying’: UN official urges aid access for Myanmar’s Rakhine state YANGON: A UN official has urged Myanmar to grant aid workers “predictable, sustained access” to Rakhine state, where fighting between government troops and rebels has displaced nearly 33,000 people since late last .. Five suspected communist rebels die in clash with Philippine troops dpa Manila Five suspected communist rebels were killed in a firefight with government troops in the central Philippines on Wednesday, a military spokeswoman said. Three soldiers were also injured in the clash in ..