Battle of Chinagodrar

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Battle of Chinagodrar
Part of Insurgency in the Maghreb
Date9 January 2020
Result unknown
 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.


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]