Three US soldiers have been killed and two other soldiers were wounded following an ambush in Niger near the border with Mali, the US Africa Command has said. Reports state that another soldier from an unspecified partner nation was also killed during the attack.
The attack occurred 200km (124 miles) north of Niamey, the capital of Niger. The two injured US soldiers have been evacuated to the Landstuhul Regional Medical Centre in Germany and were in a stable condition. The two soldiers who died are the first Americans to die as a result of hostile fire since the US Africa Command deployed in Niger.
Militant terror organizations, including al-Qaeda, are known to operate in the region. It is not clear at this time who opened fire on the soldiers.
The New York Times first reported that the two soldiers killed were special forces.