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Twelve Niger soldiers killed in attack: minister

22 Octobre 2017

The attack comes after four U.S. and four Niger soldiers were killed in an ambush earlier this month, also near the border with Mali, an area regularly targeted by jihadists.

The raid on the officers' base happened in the early hours of Saturday in the town of Ayourou in the Tillaberi region, 200km northwest of the capital, Niamey.

"There was a new attack".

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In early October, one of them had cost the lives of four american soldiers and four soldiers from niger patrol.

A dozen gendarmes were killed when heavily armed paramilitaries attacked their base in Niger, the latest in escalating violence. They had rocket launchers and machineguns.

Several armed groups and well-armed ethnic militia are known to operate in the area near the border with Mali, and there have been at least 46 attacks recorded there since early previous year.

Twelve Niger soldiers killed in attack: minister