Niger army spokesman: Jihadist attack kills 71 soldiers


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About 100 Islamic militants ambushed an army camp in western Niger, a military spokesman said  killing at least 71 soldiers in the deadliest attack on the West African country’s

The large-scale attack comes amid a surge of assaults on army camps in the Sahel region, which have allowed jihadists to amass weapons and vehicles for their arsenal. Neighboring Mali has seen such an increase in ambushes on its army that it has even closed some of its most remote and vulnerable army outposts.

Niger’s army spokesman, Col. Boukar  said a dozen others had been wounded after the ambush overnight.

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