The recent attack near the Mali border that resulted in the deaths of at least seventeen Nigerien soldiers has been denounced by the Economic Community of West African States.
In a statement issued on Wednesday in response to the deaths of the Nigerien troops, ECOWAS claimed that because President Mohamed Bazoum had been overthrown in a military coup, the nation had become vulnerable.
The West African bloc warned the conspirators of the coup about the significance of upholding their rule by restoring constitutional order.
The statement reads, “ECOWAS has learned with sadness various attacks by armed groups in the Republic of Niger that have led to the death of several Nigerien soldiers.
“ECOWAS condemns these attacks and conveys its deepest condolences to the people of Niger and the families of the soldiers who have lost their lives.
“ECOWAS calls on the CNSP-military leadership in Niger to restore constitutional order to focus on the security of the country that has become increasingly fragile since the attempted coup d’etat against the democratically elected President, H.E. Mohamed Bazoum.”