A group of armed men attempted to launch an assault targeting a fleet of Nigerien armed forces' reconnaissance aircrafts stationed at the country's international airport of Mano Dayak in Agadez region, about 1,000 kms to the north of the capital Niamey, the region's governor Abba Malan Boukar said Monday.
Speaking on state radio, the governor confirmed the attempted attack on Sunday evening saying about twenty assailants in a four-wheel drive vehicle fired "several shots before disappearing."
"No human lives were lost, and the airport did not suffer any material damage," said the governor.
"Our armed forces responded very appropriately," said the governor, who affirmed the assailants escaped immediately, and the situation was quickly brought back to normal.
He also said at least four armed attacks targeting public transport vehicles between Arlit and Agadez have been reported in the past few days, notably in the evening.
"A wave of panic hit Agadez inhabitants Sunday evening as a result of gun fire sound heard around 19h:00 in areas around Mano Dayak international airport," according to a witness account by a correspondent working for national radio, who said a group of armed men attempted in vain to destroy a fleet of Nigerien armed forces' reconnaissance aircrafts stationed at the airport.
The attack against the airport was later claimed on French International Radio (RFI) by a group calling itself Nigerien Movement for Justice (MNJ), a new Touareg rebel group operating in the north of the country since the past several months.