More than 40 soldiers and alleged terrorists died on Monday at the Mali-Niger border during a clash between the armies of the two countries and a group of pursuing jihadists, international agencies report.
The Malian Armed Forces (FAMA), which on the day of the clash had declared the deaths of seven soldiers, said in a statement today that they lost 24 soldiers in addition to the 29 wounded.
For its part, it is not known if there were any deaths among the Nigerian military.
Alongside the alleged "jihadists", whose affiliation is unknown, a hundred were detained and led by the Nigerian military to Tiloa locality and 17 died during the clash.
Nigerian and Malian armies, like that of Burkina Faso, collaborate with each other to combat the 'jihadists' and other armed groups that traditionally take advantage of fragile borders to attack one country and take refuge in another.
In this regard, FAMA and the Niger Defense and Security Forces set up a joint cross-border operation on Monday, which they called “Tongo tongo” in which they patrolled the village of Tabankort, a Malian territory, when they were surprised by hostile fire, which would explain the highest number of casualties among the military.
The collaboration includes Barkhane's French contingent, deployed since 2014 in Sahelian countries, which has 4,500 French troops who move freely between states in search of alleged terrorists.
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