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10 Soldiers Killed in Nigeria and Niger Fighting Against "Bandits"

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7Dnews London

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 20:11 GMT

At least 10 soldiers, five of them from Nigeria and five from Niger, were killed during a joint operation against armed "bandits" along the border between the two countries, the defense minister told AFP on Monday.

"Five (soldiers) from Niger and five from Nigeria have been killed in the fighting between Niger's central Maradi and the Nigerian border," Minister Kalla Motari said. "Eleven of the bandits were killed," he said.

"The Nigerian defense and security forces are working to identify the bodies of the bandits," the defense minister who arrived on Monday to Maradi to take part in burying the dead Nigerian soldiers, a local private television network said.


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