Three members of the United States Army Special Forces died on Wednesday and two others were injured in an ambush in Niger, while they were doing routine patrols in that African nation, reported various means Americans.
"We can confirm the information that a joint U.S.-Niger patrol was under hostile fire in southwestern Niger," said Commander Anthony Falvo, spokesman for the US Africa Command to the New York Times.
As detailed, it occurred about 190 kilometres north of Niamey, the capital of Niger, near the border of Mali, where al Qaeda militants in the Islamic Maghreb, a subsidiary of Al Qaeda, have conducted cross-border forays.
These deaths are the first American casualties in a U.S. Special forces training and Assistance Mission to the Nigerien armed forces, who also support intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
The White House spokesman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, told the press to accompany him that U.S. President Donald Trump has already been informed of what happened.