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Boko Haram insurgents kill at 16 soldiers at military post in southern Niger

Boko Haram insurgents attacked a military post in southern Niger, killing 16 soldiers and wounding nine more, the defence ministry has said. About 50 attackers from the group were killed in the resulting combat in the West African country’s Diffa region and significant quantities of weapons were recovered, the ministry said in a statement on […]

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Niger declares two-day national mourning after massacre of 37 people

Niger declared a 48 hours of national mourning after 37 people were killed in a fresh massacre by suspected rebels. “Flags will be flown at half-mast across the country” with immediate effect, a government statement said on Wednesday. It reaffirmed the government’s determination to “pursue the fight against terrorism until the final victory”, urging greater […]

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At least 51 dead as gunmen attack several villages in northern Mali after arrest of rebel leaders

Gunmen attacked multiple villages in northern Mali killing at least 51 people in apparent retribution for the recent arrest of several rebel leaders, authorities said. The latest violence took place in the volatile area along the borders of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso where fighters linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda are active. A note […]

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Armed motorcycle bandits abduct scores of children in Nigeria’s Niger state

One person was killed and scores of students were abducted on Sunday at an Islamic seminary in Nigeria’s north central Niger State, a police spokesman said. Some 200 children were at the school when the incident took place. The Niger state government said “an unconfirmed number” were taken. Wasiu Abiodun, the Niger state police spokesman, […]

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More than 138 feared drowned after overloaded boat capsizes in northwest Nigeria

Dozens of people are missing in northwest Nigeria after an overloaded boat ferrying about 160 passengers sank in the Niger River, according to a local official. The boat left central Niger state and was heading to northwest Kebbi state when it split and sank on Wednesday, Abdullahi Buhari Wara, administrative head of Ngaski district said. […]

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UN peacekeeping troops seize hundreds of suspected Islamic State weapons and ammunition

British troops part of the UN peacekeeping mission seized suspected Islamic State weapons including AK47 rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in Mali. The weapons were retrieved from a village close to the border with Niger, where the Ministry of Defence said locals were being threatened. Soldiers also found camouflage clothing, radios, mobile phones […]

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Armed gunmen kill at least 19 people during raid in west Niger village

At least 19 civilians were killed when armed men raided a village in west Niger close to the border with Mali, officials have said, in the latest bloodshed in the troubled region. The governor of Tillaberi region said dozens of heavily armed attackers on motorbikes stormed the village of Gaigorou on Saturday evening. Governor Ibrahim Tidjani […]

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Niger’s Mohamed Bazoum sworn-in as president after ‘attempted coup’

Niger’s Mohamed Bazoum was sworn in as president in the nation’s first democratic transfer of power. It comes just days after the government says it thwarted an attempted coup by parts of the military. The West African nation is facing increasing attacks by jihadist groups and political tensions in the country since the election in […]

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Niger: Nearly 60 killed as Gunmen attack vehicles near Mali border

At least 58 people were killed in Niger on Monday after gunmen opened fire on four vehicles that were returning from the market in the Tillabéri region, near the border with Mali. No group has claimed the attacks. In a statement read out on public television, the Niger government said that “groups of armed, still […]

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Niger Elections: 7 poll officials killed in landmine blast

At least seven Niger’s electoral commission (CENI) members were killed during the country’s presidential election runoff when their vehicle hit a mine and exploded in the Tillaberi region. “They were leaving to drop off the ballot boxes and the members of the polling station,” Harouna Mounkaila, vice president of the commission’s local branch said. The […]

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100 killed, dozens wounded following simultaneous militant attacks on two Niger villages

At least 100 people died in Saturday’s simultaneous attacks on two villages by suspected Islamist militants, Niger’s prime minister has said. Brigi Rafini said 70 people were killed in the village of Tchombangou and 30 others in Zaroumdareye – both near Niger’s border with Mali. It was one of the deadliest days in living memory, […]

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At least 70 killed in simultaneous militant attacks in two Niger villages

At least 70 people were killed in simultaneous attacks on two villages in Niger. The village of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye, near the border zone with Mali were attacked by suspected Islamist militants. There have been several recent violent incidents in Africa’s Sahel region, carried out by militant groups. France said on Saturday that two of its […]