France issues Niger travel warning after killing of aid workers

France has issued a warning against travelling to Niger after six French aid workers were among eight people killed by suspected fighters at the weekend. The foreign ministry said on its website on Wednesday people were “strongly advised” not to travel anywhere in the country, excluding the capital, Niamey, for[…]

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Scores of soldiers killed in Niger base attack

At least 71 Nigerien soldiers have been killed in an attack on a military camp in the west of the country, according to the defence ministry. In a televised statement, a ministry spokesman said “a substantial number of terrorists were neutralised” in Tuesday’s attack which also left 12 military personnel wounded and others[…]

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UN resumes refugee evacuations from Libya to Niger

The UN refugee agency resumed evacuations of migrants from Libya on Tuesday, flying 132 mostly Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers to Niger for resettlement in third countries. UNHCR previously evacuated about 1,000 refugees and asylum seekers to Niger, but the process had been suspended because of delays in resettling them[…]

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Boko Haram suspected in deadly Niger attack

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least nine people and abducted as many as 40 others in south-east Niger, according to local officials. The gunmen late on Sunday attacked a village in Kablewa town near the southeastern Niger city of Diffa, close to the border with Nigeria, authorities said[…]

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Militants kill 15 Niger soldiers in patrol ambush

Militants ambushed an army patrol in Niger on Thursday, killing 15 soldiers and wounding 19, the Defense Ministry said, occurring in an area near the border with Mali where militants have been seeking to expand their reach. “A search operation is underway to neutralize the terrorists,” the ministry statement said[…]

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Niger President Issoufou scores election win

Niger’s president has been re-elected as his main opponent remains in France seeking medical treatment after being jailed for several months. The electoral commission released results on Tuesday showing that President Mahamadou Issoufou received more than 92 percent of the runoff vote. His rival Hama Amadou received 18 percent of[…]

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