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Macron to reduce French military troops in Africa's Sahel

Jun. 10, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday announced the future reduction of France’s military presence fighting Islamic extremism in Africa’s Sahel region. In a news conference, Macron spoke about the “profound transformation" of France’s...

Burkina Faso says at least 100 civilians killed in attack

Jun. 05, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen killed at least 100 people in a northern Burkina Faso village, the government said Saturday, in what was the country’s deadliest attack in years. The attack took place Friday evening in Solhan village, in the Sahel’s Yagha province,...

Burkina Faso government says gunmen have killed at least 100 people in the country's north, deadliest attack in years

Jun. 05, 2021 09:26 AM EDT
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Burkina Faso government says gunmen have killed at least 100 people in the country's north, deadliest attack in years.

16 Niger soldiers killed in attack near the border with Mali

May. 03, 2021 08:18 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — An ambush on a military patrol near Niger’s border with Mali killed 16 Niger soldiers and left one missing, the government said. The patrol was returning from a security mission near the border with Mali in Tillia in the northern part of...

Suspected Islamic militants kill 19 people in Niger village

Apr. 18, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen on motorcycles attacked a village near Niger's troubled border with Mali, shooting at people as they prayed at the mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and killing 19 people, officials said Sunday. The attack took place Saturday...

Hospital: Niger elementary school fire kills 20 children

Apr. 14, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A fire fueled by high winds swept through an elementary school on the outskirts of Niger's capital, killing 20 children, hospital officials said Wednesday. The pupils — between the ages of 7 and 13 — were attending class at the time the blaze...

Niger inaugurates president in 1st democratic power transfer

Apr. 02, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger has sworn in its new president in the West African nation’s first democratic transfer of power. Newly elected President Mohamed Bazoum’s inauguration Friday comes days after Niger’s security forces thwarted an attempted military coup at...

Niger government confirms military coup attempt thwarted

Mar. 31, 2021 23:10 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's security forces thwarted an attempted military coup at the West African country's presidential palace overnight just two days before the newly elected president is to be sworn into office in a peaceful transfer of power, the government said Wednesday. ...

Niger's government says coup attempt at presidential palace has been thwarted days before handover to new president

Mar. 31, 2021 10:22 AM EDT
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's government says coup attempt at presidential palace has been thwarted days before handover to new president.

Niger govt confirms 137 dead in village attacks near Mali

Mar. 22, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen aboard motorcycles have attacked a series of villages near Niger's troubled border with Mali, leaving at least 137 people dead in the deadliest violence to strike the African country in recent memory, the government announced Monday. The...