Militants have killed at least 73 soldiers in an attack on a military base in western Niger, the army says.
Twelve soldiers were also injured in the attack – the deadliest for several years – on Tuesday in Inates.
Niger’s defence minister, Issoufou Katambe, told the BBC “a large number of terrorists” had been “neutralised”.
No group has said it was behind the killings, but fighters linked to the Islamic State group and Nigeria-based Boko Haram are active in the area.
Mr Katambe told the BBC that there was “a fierce battle” in Inates, near the border with Mali. He said that “several hundred” militants attacked the base.
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SOURCE: BBC News