“Security sources say that militants in the latest attack were heavily armed with rocket launchers and machine guns.”
Where do they get this materiel? Despite being condemned by virtually the entire world, the alleged misunderstanders of Islam have rich and powerful friends.
“Niger: At least 12 police killed as militants storm base,” BBC, October 21, 2017:
At least 12 paramilitary police in Niger have been killed in an attack by gunmen using pick-up trucks and motorcycles on their base in the western town of Ayorou, officials say.
Soldiers pursued the attackers, and reportedly clashed with them near the border with Mali.
Several jihadist groups and other armed forces operate in the area.
The attack was close to where militants killed four US soldiers in an ambush earlier this month….
Militants in the area include Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria and radicals linked to al-Qaeda and so-called Islamic State, who are mostly thought to be based either in neighbouring Mali or the similarly unstable Libya to the north.
Security sources say that militants in the latest attack were heavily armed with rocket launchers and machine guns. They carried out the assault using four vehicles, each carrying about seven fighters.
The identity of the attackers is not yet clear. Officials say they launched their attack on Ayorou – about 40km (25 miles) inside Niger – from Mali.
Military vehicles are reported to have been seized by the gunmen, at least one of whom was reported to have been killed in the exchange of fire….