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New particulars on ambush in Niger that left 4 U.S. troopers lifeless

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Up to date Nov 2, 2017 6:51 PM EDT

CBS Information has realized new particulars of the October ambush in Niger that left 4 American troopers lifeless and their our bodies stripped. 

They had been half of a bigger power of U.S. and Nigerien troops on a reconnaissance mission close to the border with Mali, the place Islamic terrorists are identified to journey. 

In some unspecified time in the future, their orders modified, and the troopers had been pressured to camp exterior for the evening. 

The village of Tongo Tongo is so distant some Nigerien army escorts had hassle discovering the street to get there. It is the place the 12-member American staff and 30 Nigerian troopers stopped to get provides. 

Villager Adamou Bubaker mentioned he noticed three or 4 armed males on bikes method the U.S. convoy. He was so nervous he walked 25 miles to talk with CBS Information at one other location.   

“We thought if it is only a few terrorists, the troopers can kill them simply,” Bubaker mentioned. “However we did not know there have been so many extra of them ready close by.” 

It was a lure. As soon as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters had managed to lure the troops away from the village, the numbers multiplied, and immediately, they had been beneath assault. You possibly can nonetheless see the bullet casings left over from the extraordinary taking pictures. 

The burnt out shell of a faculty, blood stained bushes and empty bins of ammunition are all that is left now. 

Bubaker mentioned there have been at the least 60 attackers armed with machine weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. The combating lasted over two hours. 

When it was over, Bubaker mentioned he noticed the our bodies of three American troopers slumped close to their car. All three had been stripped of their uniforms.   

However it will be two days earlier than youngsters from the village found the fourth physique of Sgt. La David Johnson about half a mile away. It is nonetheless not clear how Johnson received separated from the remaining. 

“Johnson had been stripped of his uniform,” mentioned a soldier who would solely speak if his identification was hid. “He advised us his palms had been tied they usually’d shot him within the head.” 

The Pentagon wouldn’t remark. 

There may be nonetheless some confusion over why the American staff had their mission prolonged, and what precisely was their project. However both approach, it resulted within the People having to camp out in a single day in harmful territory which may have alerted the extremists to the place they had been.

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