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Niger president sacks army chief after a string of heavy casualties

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou has replaced the head of the army after two of the country’s deadliest attacks in living memory killed at least 160 soldiers and prompted a rethink in the battle against jihadist groups, the government said.Ahmed...

Death toll from last attack on Niger army base rises to at least 89

The death toll from Thursday’s attack by suspected jihadists on a Niger army base has risen to at least 89, four security sources said, surpassing a raid last month that killed 71 soldiers as the deadliest against Nigerien forces...

Suspected Islamists hit Niger military again killing 25 soldiers

Islamic militants carried out large assault on Niger’s military Thursday, leaving at least 25 soldiers dead along with dozens of jihadists only a month after the worst attack of its kind in years, the military said.The latest violence blamed...

Rocket hit UN base in northern Mali injuring 20

Twenty people were wounded on Thursday in northern Mali’s restive Kidal region, including 18 U.N. peacekeepers, in a rocket attack on a military base for U.N., French and Malian forces, a U.N. spokesman said.Six of the peacekeepers from the...

Fourteen Nigerien troops killed in deadly ambush

Fourteen troops were killed when “heavily-armed terrorists” ambushed a convoy in the western Niger region of Tillaberi, the interior ministry said Thursday.“After a fierce battle... seven police and seven national guards were killed” Wednesday, it said in a statement.“A...

Islamists kill 35 civilians in Burkina Faso after army repelled an attack

Militants in Burkina Faso killed 35 mostly female civilians on Tuesday during attack on a military outpost in northern Soum Province, about 87 militants and local vigilantes also died in the clash, authorities said.President Roch Marc Kabore declared two...

Mali ends crisis talks call for new elections and constitution amendment

Talks on finding a political solution to Mali's deepening crisis ended Sunday with calls to hold new elections and revise the country's constitution, an AFP journalist said.But the gathering notably did not urge dialogue with jihadists, who have been...

G5 Sahel meeting with France postponed after deadly attack in Niger

French President Emmanuel Macron and Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou agreed on Thursday to postpone to early 2020 a meeting of Sahel country leaders due to take place in France later this month, the French presidency said.The decision to postpone...

Breaking: Over 60 killed in attack on a military camp in Niger

Militants have killed at least 60 people in an attack on a military base close to Niger's border with Mali.No group has said it was behind the killings, but fighters linked to the Islamic State group and Nigeria-based Boko...

Jihadists attack on a Burkina Faso church kills at least 14

At least 14 people including teenagers were shot dead in an attack on a church in eastern Burkina Faso during mass on Sunday morning, according to a security source and local officialsThe identity of the gunmen was not yet...
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Uganda and Rwanda presidents to meet in London

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger says Sierra Leone is home, donates $101k

Chelsea and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger has said that 'Sierra Leone is home' as he made a donation to the country's Free Quality Education...

Two killed, 20 wounded as suicide bomber detonates near Somali capital

At least two people were killed and more than 20 others wounded when a suicide car bomber targeted a construction site along a highway...