Suspected jihadists strike Niger military; 25 soldiers dead

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Courtesy: MGN Online

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) – Officials in the West African nation of Niger say Islamic militants have carried out another large attack on the country’s military, leaving 25 soldiers and 63 jihadists dead.

The attack Thursday comes only a month after an ambush claimed by Islamic State-linked extremists killed 71 soldiers in the country’s worst terror attack in years.

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Thursday’s violence struck just days before the presidents of Niger and neighboring countries are to meet in France, a meeting already postponed once because of the unprecedented attack in December.