With $ 5 million, Washington is looking for the killers of its forces in Niger 5 years ago

According to their embassy in Niamey, the United States offered a $ 5 million reward for providing “information” on the terrorist attack that took place in Tongo Tongo, western Niger in 2017, and killed four American soldiers.

On 4 October 2017, nine soldiers – four Americans and five Nigerians – were killed in an ambush by terrorists near Tongo Tongo, about 20 kilometers from the border with Mali.

The Islamic State in the Great Sahara claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a statement from the US embassy in Niamey, released in on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the attack, the reward of five million dollars will be given in exchange of “obtaining information leading to the prosecution of those responsible for the ambush of Tongo Tongo”.

Posters will be posted across Niamey and the Tillaberi region (west), where the ambush took place. One of the posters features images of eight members of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, including a photo of the organization’s late leader, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, crossed out in red, with the words “An enemy killed in the field.”

In September 2021, Paris announced the killing of Sahrawi in “mid-August” of the same year in an attack on French forces in Mali.

A US embassy source told AFP that “three of the terrorists involved in the Tongo Tongo attack have been arrested and prosecuted”, without specifying their identity or the place of their trial.

Niamey and Washington have already talked about the “collusion” of local residents with “terrorists” who boarded a dozen vehicles and twenty motorcycles to Tongo Tongo, located about 100 kilometers from Niamey, according to the Nigerian army.

A Nigerian security source said the village chief of Tongo Tongo was arrested after the attack, “on suspicion of collusion” with the attackers.