Three US special forces troops have been killed and two wounded in an ambush while on a joint patrol with Nigerian forces in southwest Niger, according to according to media citing military officials.

“We can confirm reports that a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger. We are working to confirm details on the incident and will have more information as soon as we can confirm facts on the ground,” Lieutenant Commander Anthony Falvo, a spokesman for the US Africa Command confirmed in an email to RT America. 

Three Army Green Berets were killed and two others were injured in the attack, which took place on the border with Mali, according to the New York Times.

The Nigerian government said that five of their soldiers were also killed, according to Sputnik News.

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