Africa 

At least 17 Niger soldiers killed in ambush – gov’t spokesman

NIAMEY (Reuters) – At least 17 soldiers in Niger were killed and 11 went missing in an ambush near the Malian border, a government spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.

Abdourahamane Zakaria said the attack on Tuesday occurred near the town of Tongo Tongo, where fighters from an Islamic State affiliate killed four U.S. special forces and four Nigerien soldiers in an ambush in October 2017.

Reporting By Moussa Aksar; Writing by Juliette Jabkhiro; Editing by Aaron Ross and Toby Chopra

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