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Niger voters return to polls in second round for president

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Polls opened in Niger for the second round of voting in the country’s presidential elections, after none of the 28 candidates won an absolute majority in December’s voteBy DALATOU MAMANE Associated PressFebruary 21, 2021, 9:39 AM• 2 min readNIAMEY, Niger -- Polls opened Sunday morning in Niger for the second round of voting in the country’s presidential elections, after none of the 28 candidates won an absolute majority in December’s vote.Former foreign affairs minister Mohamed Bazoum, who received about 39% of the vote in the first round, is running against former president Mahamane Ousmane, who won nearly 17% of the vote, according to the National Independent Electoral Commission.The winner of Sunday's vote will succeed President Mahamadou Issoufou who is stepping down after serving two
Death toll from suspected militant attacks in Niger rises to 100, PM says

Death toll from suspected militant attacks in Niger rises to 100, PM says

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At least 100 people are now known to have been killed in attacks by suspected jihadists on two villages in Niger, the country's prime minister has said.Brigi Rafini said 70 people were killed in the village of Tchombangou and 30 others in Zaroumdareye, both near Niger's western border with Mali, on Saturday. During remarks aired on national television during a visit to the area, Mr Rafini did not say who was behind one of the deadliest days in recent memory for a country ravaged by ethnic violence and Islamist militancy. Image: Niger's prime minister, Brigi Rafini, announced the rise in the number of dead as he visited the area Niger has suffered repeated attacks by militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State near its borders with ...
Locals may have helped Islamic State ambush Green Berets in Niger

Locals may have helped Islamic State ambush Green Berets in Niger

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Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The 12-man team of Green Berets ambushed in Niger were delayed as they left a meeting with local leaders -- which may have been part of the plan to attack them, Army officials told UPI.Officials suspect that some people in the Oct. 4 Tongo Tongo meeting may have been working with the Islamic State. Some people from the town have been arrested.The attack, in which four U.S. soldiers were killed -- including one who was not found until nearly 48 hours later, was a surprise. Intelligence had indicated the likelihood of an attack was low.Five soldiers from Niger were also killed.Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday he had little information to share about the ambush."We at the Department of Defense like to know what we're talking about before we talk," Mattis told repo...
'We don't leave anyone behind': Search for soldier never stopped after Niger ambush

'We don't leave anyone behind': Search for soldier never stopped after Niger ambush

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U.S. Africa Command has launched a formal investigation into the circumstances surrounding an ambush in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and wounded two others. The investigation comes as the Pentagon said Thursday that the fourth soldier, Sgt. La David Johnson, was "separated" from his fellow soldiers but never left behind. "We don't leave anyone behind.... He was separated," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said of Johnson, whose body wasn't recovered until more than 24 hours after the Oct. 4 firefight. Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie told reporters during a Pentagon briefing that U.S., French and Nigerien forces never left the battlespace until Johnson's body was found by local Nigerien soldiers. Until today, U.S. Africa Command had been conducting an infor...
4th US service member killed in Niger ambush

4th US service member killed in Niger ambush

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The Pentagon has confirmed that a fourth U.S. soldier was killed in Africa earlier this week in an ambush believed to have been carried out by an Islamic extremist group. "The body of another U.S. service member has been recovered from the area of the attack, bringing the number of U.S. service members killed in this attack to four," Col. Rob Manning, Pentagon spokesperson, said in a statement on Friday. The soldier was declared missing shortly after Wednesday's ambush of a joint patrol of U.S. Army soldiers and Nigerien soldiers near the border with Mali that killed three other American soldiers. The missing soldier's remains were found by Nigerien forces on Friday "in the vicinity" of the ambush said Col. Mark Cheadle, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command. Cheadle said there were "ze...