As per news source, 120 terrorists have been “neutralised” in the operation in the vast Tillaberi region near the border with Mali and Burkina Faso and there had been no losses among Nigerien or French troops.
Niger’s Defence Minister Issoufou Katambe praised the “cooperation… in the battle against terrorism,” according to a statement.
A state of emergency has been in place in the region for the past two years.
Since 2015, Niger has struggled against a wave of jihadist attacks near the borders with Mali and Burkina Faso in the west, exacerbating needs in the Tillaberi and Tahoua regions, where nearly 78,000 people have been displaced.
France this year said it would boost its military presence in the troubled West African region by deploying 600 fresh troops to its 4,500-strong operation.