Battle of Chinagodrar

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Battle of Chinagodrar
Part of Insurgency in the Maghreb
Date9 January 2020
Location
Result unknown
Belligerents
 Niger  ISIL
Casualties and losses
89+ killed, 6 injured[1] 77 killed[2][3][4]

On 9 January 2020, a large group of ISWAP militants assaulted a Nigerien military base at Chinagodrar in Niger's Tillabéri Region.[2][3] They attacked an army post in Chinagodrar, in the west of the country, in Tillabéri Region, eight miles from the border with Mali, 130 miles north of Niamey.[2][3] At least 89 Nigerien soldiers were confirmed to have been killed in the attack with more casualties suspected, but yet to be confirmed.[1] 77 militants were claimed by the Nigerien government to have been killed.[2][3]

The Islamist insurgency in the Sahel intensified in the late 2010s. This attack followed those in Niger on 10 December and 25 December.

Aftermath[edit]

The Nigerien government declared three days of national mourning after the battle.[5] Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou fired General Ahmed Mohamed, the chief of the Nigerien Army, and replaced him with Major General Salifou Modi.[6]

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