At least seventy-three soldiers were killed by an armed group in western Niger on Tuesday, the officials said.
Niger’s defense minister, Issoufou Katambe said twelve soldiers were also injured in the attack that happened in Innate, near the border with Mali.
Hundreds of militants attacked a military base leading to a fierce gunfight. Mr. Katambe said a large number of the attackers were neutralized during the fight.
Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Nigeria-based Boko Haram and the Islamic State group are active in the area.
Niger is a member of the G5 Sahel group that aims to contain the spread of armed groups.