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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 […]

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France claims it killed al Qaeda North Africa chief Droukdel in Mali

France said on Friday its military forces had killed al Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel. “On June 3, French army forces, with the support of their local partners, killed the emir of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Abdelmalek Droukdel, and several of his closest collaborators, during an operation in northern Mali,” French Armed […]

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More than 20 killed in attacks on villages in western Niger

At least 20 people have been killed in attacks by gunmen on several villages in Niger, local authorities say. Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella, governor of Tillaberi region, said the assailants were riding motorbikes during the incidents on Saturday. The unidentified group reportedly looted shops, stole cattle and ordered village inhabitants to flee. Since 2017 a state […]

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Niger mourns death of 89 soldiers who were killed in an attack on military base

The Niger government has declared three days of national mourning after 89 soldiers were killed in an attack on a military base. The attack happened on Thursday when heavily armed militants attacked an army outpost in Chinagodrar in the country’s west, near the border of Mali, government spokesman Abdourahame Zakari said in a statement Sunday. […]