Terrorism & Insurgency

Rocket fire near Niger’s Diffa airport poses cargo disruption, shootdown, damage risks to airborne and parked aircraft

12 April 2019

Nigeria-based jihadists of the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked various parts of Diffa city in southeastern Niger from 8–10 April with small-arms fire, rockets, grenades, and fighters wearing suicide belts. Provisional casualties are two gendarmes and four terrorists killed, but a final figure has yet to be released.

Targets included the Diffa border guards’ headquarters, the gendarmerie, and Diffa airport, which was attacked by rockets reportedly fired from a Grad multiple rocket-launcher system, although these fell several hundred metres short and did not cause casualties. The airport was similarly targeted by three rockets in March, which also fell short.

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