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Islamic State claims responsibility for killing 33 Malian soldiers

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Islamic State’s West Africa affiliate claimed responsibility on Sunday for an ambush last week that killed 33 Malian soldiers, according to a statement published...

Militants kill 11 Malian soldiers in ambush, 11 others missing

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Eleven Malian soldiers were killed and 11 more are missing after Islamist militants ambushed a patrol in the desert north, the army said on...

Armed men attack passenger convoy and village in Niger, killing 58

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Armed men in southwestern Niger killed at least 58 people when they intercepted a convoy returning from a weekly market and attacked a nearby...

Seventeen tonnes of cannabis resin bound for Libya seized in Niger

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Niger police have seized a record 17 tonnes of cannabis resin worth around $37 million in a shipment originating in Lebanon and bound for...

Deadly protests rock Niger over contested election result

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Supporters of the losing presidential candidate in Niger set several buildings on fire, burnt tyres and threw rocks at the police on Thursday, as...

Seven poll workers killed by landmine as Niger votes in presidential...

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Seven poll workers were killed during Niger’s presidential vote on Sunday when their vehicle struck a landmine, an election official said, marring a day...

At least 18 killed in attacks in Burkina Faso and Mali

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Suspected Islamists killed at least 18 people in attacks in northern Burkina Faso and central Mali on Wednesday and Thursday, government and security sources...

US Gray Eagle UAV make emergency landing in Niger

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A missile-armed US Africa Command (Africom) MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made an emergency landing in Niger over the weekend. Photos on Twitter...

ISS: Boko Haram blocks Lake Chad trade routes

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Terrorism has disrupted a thriving regional trade hub sustained by generations of boat drivers. The Boko Haram insurgency has had devastating consequences on Lake Chad...

Nigerien C-130 arrives home from the United States

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Niger’s Air Force has officially taken delivery of a C-130H Hercules transport aircraft from the United States. It was accepted in a ceremony on 4...

Niger mourns, probes weekend massacre in two villages

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Niger has declared three days of national mourning following the massacre of 100 civilians in two villages in the western region of the country...

Niger village attacks killed 100, says prime minister

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One hundred people were killed on Saturday in attacks on two villages in western Niger, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said following one of the...

Boko Haram strikes in Niger

An attack blamed on Boko Haram killed 28 people and burned 800 homes in Niger’s Diffa region on Saturday, Nigerien authorities and the UN...

ISS: Niger’s elections are unlikely to break the political deadlock

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As the polls approach, deep divisions focus more on candidates’ personal backgrounds than Niger’s security and development challenges. On 13 and 27 December, some 7.4 million Nigeriens...

Niger ex-President Tandja, toppled after extending rule, dies at 82

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Mamadou Tandja, a former Niger president who twice won election after the country’s return to civilian rule in 1999 but was overthrown a decade...

Africom commander visits Niger, Chad, Mali, and Senegal

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US Army General Stephen Townsend, commander, US Africa Command, travelled to West Africa between 15 and 19 November to discuss security issues across the...

ISS: Lessons from Mali as Burkina and Niger head for the...

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Elections in Burkina Faso and Niger take place amidst insecurity and COVID-19, as happened in Mali earlier this year. Burkina Faso’s first round of presidential...

American citizen kidnapped in southern Niger, sources say

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An American citizen was kidnapped near the town of Birnin Konni in southern Niger in the early hours of Tuesday, three security sources and...

Niger, Tunisia, Morocco to receive ex-US C-130Hs

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Three African countries will soon be receiving ex-United States C-130H Hercules transport aircraft under the Excess Defence Articles programme. According to the Excess Defence Articles...

Islamic State claims killing of French aid workers in Niger

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Islamic State has credited its West Africa affiliate for killing six French aid workers and their Nigerien guide and driver at a giraffe reserve...

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