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3 soldiers, 14 attackers dead in western Niger army camp assault

Niamey: Three soldiers and 14 attackers died in an assault earlier this week on an army camp in western Niger near the border with Mali, the defence minister said.
Heavily armed “terrorists” in a dozen 4x4 vehicles led the attack early on Monday morning on the military post in the West African country’s Tahoua region, he said.
“After two hours of intense fighting, the vigorous response of our defence and security forces enabled us to repel the attack and push back the assailants,” the minister said on Tuesday in a statement read on state TV. “A vehicle packed with explosives was seized” by the army along with weapons and ammunition, he said. (AFP)

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