US Army punishes 6 over fatal Niger ambush: Report

The US Army has punished six members of the armed forces over a botched 2017 mission in Niger that resulted in the deaths of four Americans and four allied Nigerien troops, according to military officials.

The incident happened on October 4 last year when 11 American Special Forces soldiers along with 30 Nigerien troops were ambushed by scores of extremist fighters near the Niger-Mali border.

Captain Mike Perozeni, the leader of the Green Beret team, as well as his second in command, a master sergeant, were disciplined, The New York Times reported Saturday. The army has also disciplined four others in their chain of command.

However, the two senior officers, who approved and oversaw the mission, were not punished, the newspaper added.

A letter of reprimand sent to Perozeni cited lack of training and insufficient mission rehearsals for the mission’s failure.doonayo in uu ku xasiliyo amaanka degmooyinka Gobolka uu ka koobanyahay.