The ministry announced in a statement on Sunday that another eight soldiers were wounded in the clash with “hundreds of armed terrorists” five kilometers (three miles) from Fantio.
It added that several motorcycles used by the attackers were destroyed and communications equipment recovered.
In May this year, five people from a village in the region were killed and two seriously wounded in an attack during the Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr, said the ministry.
As well as the attacks from armed groups such as Daesh in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in the west of the country, Niger also has to contend with Boko Haram and the Daesh West Africa Province in the southwest of the country, near the border with Nigeria.
The arid Sahel state is the world’s poorest country according to the UN’s Human Development Index.
Source: Al Jazeera