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Six Niger Soldiers Killed by Mine near Nigerian Border

At least six Niger soldiers were killed on patrol when their vehicle hit a mine in the Diffa border region used by neighboring Nigeria's Boko Haram militants, local authorities and media said on Monday.

"An army vehicle ran over a mine causing deaths and injuries but we do not have the exact figures," Abari El Hadj Daouda, the mayor of the town of Kabalewa where the incident happened on Saturday, told AFP.

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Niger's President Says Coup Plot Foiled, Suspects Arrested

Niger's government has "foiled" a coup plot, resulting in a number of arrests, President Mahamadou Issoufou said in an address broadcast on national radio and television Thursday, adding that the situation was "under control".

The announcement came after local media and social media reports on Monday said at least four senior military officers had been arrested, information that was not immediately confirmed by the Niger authorities.

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Dozens Arrested as Niger Students Clash with Police

Violent clashes in Niger Monday between police and students protesting for better study conditions left at least seven injured and led to 79 arrests, the governor of the capital Niamey said.

Hundreds of college and high school students demonstrated in the city and clashed with police in the afternoon, an AFP journalist said.

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Two Niger Soldiers Killed in 'Boko Haram Ambush'

An alleged Boko Haram attack on a village in southeastern Niger killed two of the country's soldiers, the Nigerien army said Friday, the latest deadly raid by the Islamist group.

The incident occurred when a nearby military unit was warned that an attack was imminent against the village of Baroua, near the border with Nigeria, at around 10:30pm (2130 GMT) on Thursday, and dispatched soldiers to the scene, according to a defense ministry statement read on state television.

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15 Civilians Killed in Boko Haram Attack in SE Niger

Fifteen civilians were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on a border village in southeastern Niger, state television reported Friday, the latest deadly raid by the Islamist group.

The attack followed two months of calm in the area and took place as Muslims marked Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, the most important holiday of the Islamic calendar.

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Algeria, Niger and Chad Push Political Solution to Libya Crisis

Algeria, Niger and Chad on Sunday stressed the urgency of creating a national unity government to solve the conflict in their neighbor Libya.

Algeria's African affairs ministers and the foreign ministers of Niger and Chad stressed the importance of such a government "to preserve Libya's unity and territorial integrity and its people's cohesion."

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U.N.: Four Dead, More than 20,000 Affected by Niger Floods

At least four people have died and more than 20,000 have been affected by floods in Niger caused by weeks of heavy rain, the United Nations said Friday.

The bad weather has destroyed 2,170 homes and flooded nearly 545 hectares of agricultural land, the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.

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Female Suicide Bomber Blows Herself Up in Nigeria, Chad Army Says 117 Militants Killed

A female suicide bomber travelling on a tricycle blew herself up Friday at a market in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses said, as Nigeria and its neighbors finalize a force to combat Boko Haram jihadists.

"There had been a suicide attack on Gamboru market this morning. It was a female suicide bomber. The attack happened around 6:30 am (0530 GMT) as the grocers were arriving in the market which starts early," said Babakura Kolo, a vigilante helping the Nigerian army combat Boko Haram jihadists in the region.

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Full Veil Banned in Key Niger Region over Boko Haram Fears

Authorities in Niger's Diffa area, on the border with Nigeria, have banned the full Islamic veil following suicide attacks in countries in the region by women wearing the religious garment, an official said Wednesday.

"Women in the region are forbidden from wearing the full veil until further notice, in order to prevent suicide attacks by Boko Haram," Diffa mayor Hankouraou Biri-Kassoum told AFP.

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Police: Gunmen Kill Egypt Policeman Guarding Niger Embassy

An Egyptian police officer guarding Niger's embassy in Cairo was shot dead on Tuesday night outside the diplomatic mission by gunmen who then fled the scene, a police official said.

A second officer was wounded by the two armed men, who were on a motorcycle, according to the official. Niger's embassy is situated in southwest Cairo.

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