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Niger sacks military chiefs after deadly militant attack

Niamey: Niger replaced two top military brass on Monday, four days after a jihadist assault on an army base left 89 dead in the biggest single loss in the country’s history.
The new armed forces chief of staff is General Salifou Modi, who replaces General Ahmed Mohamed, the government said in a statement read on national radio. The new head of the army is Brigadier General Seidou Bague, replacing Sidikou Issa.
The decision was made by a cabinet meeting before President Mahamadou Issoufou left for Pau, southwestern France, for a summit on the crisis in the Sahel to be attaended by the so-called G5 countries -- Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania -- with France, the former colonial power in the region. (AFP)

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