In what seems like a double devastating account, Islamist sects Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram attacked Niger on two separate counts on Thursday.
The mortifying experience took comes before the nation proceeds to vote in the second round of elections.
The Interior Minister, Hassimi Massaoudou said the attackers were linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) which is technically the offshoot of Al-Qaeda in Africa.
Although the attackers killed three Nigerian policemen, the Interior Minister said it could not be fathomed the number of jihadists the policemen took down, as they took their dead and wounded along with them when the Nigerian police mounted an offensive.
“The attackers were repelled, and we are currently sweeping the area. We don’t know the toll on the attackers side, they took their wounded and dead,” the minister told AFP
While this assault took place in Dolbel, near the Burkina Faso border, another attack by the Boko Haram sect occurred at the Niger-Nigerian border.
Boko Haram which began in Nigeria in 2009 has staged a lot of cross-border attacks on neighboring Nigerian countries.
Four suicide bombers from the Islamist sect raided a military convoy, leading to the death of the military commander and leaving two others injured. The military were able to stop the fifth suicide bomber, a young girl from setting off her bomb vest.
Niger is surrounded by countries that have been hit by Jihadists. Libya, Algeria, Mali and Burkina Faso have been attacked by AQIM and Nigeria is basically the birth place of Boko Haram.
Niger in collaboration with Cameroon, Nigeria and Benin created a joint military task force to defeat Boko Haram. Although Boko Haram is not totally defeated, the military have been doing good jobs raiding and capturing Boko Haram strongholds.