During the attack by “bandits” on Saturday the toll was “16 dead, six injured and one missing,” Tahoua department secretary general Ibrahim Miko said on public television.
He attended the funeral of Lieutenant Maman Namewa, commander of the patrol which was attacked.
They were the worst attacks committed by suspected jihadists in Niger in recent years.
The world’s poorest nation according to the UN’s development rankings for 189 countries, Niger is also struggling with Islamist insurgencies that have spilled over from Mali and Nigeria.
The attacks in western Niger are often attributed to groups affiliated to the Al-Qaeda and Islamic State groups.
Such attacks against civilians have multiplied this year, with over 300 people killed in villages and encampments in western Niger. (AFP)