Nigerian Rescue Helicopter Ambushed Amid Deadly Attack

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Niger, August 15 - (Mediaage NG News) – A Nigerian military helicopter on Monday crashed in the central Nigerian state of Niger. It was on its way to rescue wounded soldiers from a deadly attack and was reportedly fired by armed bandits.

More than a dozen soldiers are said to have been killed in an ambush in the area where the army has been fighting armed groups.

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According to the AFP news agency, at least 26 members of the Nigerian security forces were killed and eight wounded in the attack on Sunday.

Local media in the country are reporting that at least, 13 soldiers were killed in the ambush.
According to the AFP news agency, the rescue helicopter had been carrying 11 of the dead and seven of the wounded before the crash.

Rescue operations and investigations were under way, an air force spokesman has said, without giving information on casualties from the crash.

“The aircraft had departed Zungeru Primary School en route for Kaduna but was later discovered to have crashed near Chukuba Village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State,” Edward Gabkwet said.

Armed gangs are common across central and north-west Nigeria where they rob and kidnap for ransom, and thousands of people have been killed in attacks in recent years.

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