NIAMEY: A soldier injured in what officials say was a terrorist attack on a high-security prison in Niger has died of his wounds, the authorities announced Tuesday.
The man was wounded in Monday’s assault on Koutoukale jail, 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the capital Niamey, said an interior ministry statement.
He was a junior officer in the National Guard, a security source told AFP.
Considered Niger’s most secure prison, Koutoukale holds the country’s most dangerous detainees, including militants from groups active in the Sahel area and militants from Nigeria’s Boko Haram.
After the attack, which a security source said had been carried out by around 10 armed men, security forces found an abandoned rocket and ammunition.
They also recovered two vehicles belonging to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) stolen on May 2 in the country’s north.—AFP