Security forces had been escorting a team to a voter registration office at the time of the ambush.
Fourteen members of security forces in Niger have been killed after “heavily armed terrorists” ambushed their convoy, the government has said.Officials from the national electoral commission were in the area to conduct a census before next year’s election, Aljazeera News Agency report.
Another guard is still missing from the Wednesday attack in the southwestern village of Sanam, the interior ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
The attack took place Wednesday night near Sanam, which is about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the capital of Niamey, according to a government statement.
It added that the team was “secured and returned to Sanam safe and sound” following the attack.
Nigerien troops have been fighting Boko Haram on the southeast border with Nigeria and armed groups allied with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as ISIS or ISIL) in the west near Mali.
The region has been beset by violence from suspected Terrorist groups over recent months.
Niger is part of a five-nation anti-jihadist task force known as the G5, set up in 2014 with Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Chad.
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