HEADLINE Gunmen kill 13 Niger gendarmes in attack near Mali border

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Gunmen kill 13 Niger gendarmes in attack near Mali border

Reuters

22:36, October 21, 2017

Gunmen on pick-up trucks and motorcycles coming from Mali killed 13 gendarmes and wounded five more in an attack on their base in western Niger, security sources said on Saturday.

The village is a few dozen kilometers from where militants killed four U.S. soldiers in an ambush on Oct. 4 that has thrown a spotlight on U.S. counterterrorism mission in Niger, which straddles a large expanse of the Sahara.

Niger's military officials confirmed the attack and death toll but gave no further details.

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