18 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Niger, official says
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A regional deputy official in Niger says that 18 girls have been kidnapped from two different villages by suspected Boko Haram militants.
Lamido Harouna Moumouni said 24 attackers abducted 15 girls in the village of Blaharde early Saturday and three other girls in the village of Bague. This is not far from where suspected extremists killed at least seven people at a French drilling company's site Wednesday, and near Nigeria's border.
Suspected Boko Haram extremists kill 7 in Niger’s southeast
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's defense minister says suspected Boko Haram extremists have killed seven people and injured seven others at a French drilling company's site in the southeast near the border with Nigeria.
Kalla Moutari says the attack occurred Wednesday at the Foraco water well site in Toumour, a village some 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the border in the Diffa region.
He says the seven killed were Nigerien workers with the Foraco group.
Niger says cholera epidemic has killed at least 68 people
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's public health ministry says at least 68 people have died in a cholera epidemic that began in July.
The ministry this week said it has registered more than 3,690 cases of the disease, which is caused by contaminated food or water and can kill within hours if untreated.
The epidemic has spread in the central Maradi region and has also affected the northern Tahoua, eastern Zinder and southwestern Dosso regions.
Niger says Italian priest kidnapped near Burkina Faso border
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — An Italian priest has been kidnapped in a part of Niger where a number of extremist groups are active, the West African nation said Tuesday.
Government spokesman Zakaria Abdourahmane said authorities had not been aware the priest was in the country's southwest near the Burkina Faso border. He said investigations have begun to find the attackers and free the priest.
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — An attack by three suicide bombers outside a mosque in Niger's southeast killed at least six people and wounded dozens of others, the government said Tuesday.
The attack, carried out by two women and a man, occurred just before midnight Monday in a southern neighborhood of Diffa, said a statement by the ministry of state. Earlier, a local official had said all three attackers were women.
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Under the watchful eyes of U.S. authorities, an elite group of local police officers in Niger's capital slipped into a home, rescued a "hostage," detained an "extremist" and pretended to kill another.
AGADEZ, Niger (AP) — On the scorching edge of the Sahara Desert, the U.S. Air Force is building a base for armed drones, the newest front in America's battle against the growing extremist threat in Africa's vast Sahel region.
NIAMEY, Niger — More than six months ago, a group of U.S. soldiers rushed to reach a spot in the scrubland of Niger after intelligence officials intercepted a signal from the cellphone of a terrorist known as Doundoun Cheffou. He wasn’t there, but hours later four of the Americans were killed in an ambush that remains under investigation.
Niger may have arrested militant with ties to US ambush
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's military has detained a suspect who it believes could be the militant leader who was being pursued when an ambush left four American soldiers dead in October, the American ambassador said Tuesday.
U.S. Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker told The Associated Press he does not know the identity of the detained suspect but that the head of Niger's special forces is hopeful it's a known extremist leader.
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Even as Islamic State group fighters flee the Middle East and cause fear across Africa's Sahel region it is al-Qaida that poses the more serious long-term threat, the U.S. military's special operations commander in Africa said in an interview with The Associated Press.
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — An aid organization says one of its German workers has been kidnapped by armed men in Niger's western Tillaberi region near the border with Mali.
German news agency dpa cites Help organization's deputy manager Bianca Kaltschmitt as saying a colleague in Niger was kidnapped on Wednesday.
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Six months after the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger led to questions about the military's presence in the West African nation, the U.S. special operations command in Africa on Wednesday opened its annual Flintlock exercise there.
French, Niger presidents discus migration, extremism
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron promised more than 400 million euros ($474 million) in aid over four years to Niger during a visit and told the country's president he was ready to strengthen France's presence in the Sahel.
Macron spoke alongside President Issoufou Mahamadou Saturday after the two met to discuss the fight against extremism, migration and development in Niger.
Niger okays armed flights of US drones
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has received permission from the government of Niger to begin flying armed drones from the capital, Niamey, a U.S. official said Friday.
The arrangement, which has not been publicly announced, reflects an expanding U.S. military campaign against extremists in Africa and is based on a recently signed U.S-Nigerien memorandum of understanding. It was first reported by the New York Times.
13 soldiers killed in latest attack on Niger’s military
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Authorities in Niger say unknown assailants have killed 13 soldiers in the West African country.
Saturday's attack occurred in the town of Ayorou near the border with Mali, according to a government communique. It says five others were wounded.
This is the latest unrest to hit Niger, where four United States service members were recently killed in an ambush by extremists.
3 US Army special operations commandos killed in Niger
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said three U.S. Army special operations commandos were killed Wednesday and two others were wounded when they came under fire in southwest Niger.
The officials said the two wounded were taken to Niamey, the capital, and are in stable condition. The officials were not authorized to discuss the incident publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.
Niger rains kill more than 40 in and around capital
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's government says torrential rains have killed at least 44 people in the capital and other parts of the West African country.
Director General of Civil Protection and Disasters Col. Aboubacar Bako said Tuesday that hundreds of homes were destroyed in rains just outside Niamey on Monday. He says the rains began Saturday in the capital and surrounding areas.
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Residents say Boko Haram extremists have killed at least nine people and taken at least 40 others hostage after attacking a village in Niger's southeast.
Adam Babakarna said Monday the attackers arrived on camels and horses late Sunday, shooting in all directions in NGalewa, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) east of the city of Diffa. He says the Islamic extremists took mostly women and children hostage and threatened to hold them until other extremists are released from prison.
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — At least 44 migrants, including babies, have died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the Sahara Desert as they were making their way to Libya, an official in Niger said Thursday.
Niger is a major route for West African migrants making their way toward Europe. Some 300,000 migrants passed through the vast West African nation in 2016 alone, according to the International Organization for Migration.
Niger declares hepatitis E epidemic in Diffa region
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's Ministry of Health has declared an epidemic of hepatitis E in the Diffa region, where 25 people have died among the 86 cases recorded since the beginning of April.
Niger security forces kill 57 Boko Haram militants
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's Ministry of Defense says security forces killed at least 57 Boko Haram Islamic extremists who had attacked a village in the eastern Diffa region overnight.
The ministry said Monday that 15 soldiers and two civilians were wounded in fighting with the extremists in Gueskerou, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Diffa. It said Niger security forces also seized a significant amount of arms and ammunition left behind by the militants.
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's defense ministry says at least five gendarmes have been killed in an attack near the country's western border with Mali.
The ministry says the attack by armed suspected extremists early Monday in Wanzarbe in the Bankilare department also left one gendarme wounded. The ministry says on television that forces are in the zone to combat any suspected extremists still there. No further details have been released.
Extremists attack Niger military patrol, kill 15 soldiers
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A spokesman for Niger's military says at least 15 soldiers have been killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on a patrol near the country's border with Mali.
Colonel Abdoul Aziz Toure said Thursday that the attack near the village of Interzawane in the Tillaberi region on Wednesday also wounded 19 other soldiers. He says the military is pursuing the attackers.
Gunmen kill 5 soldiers in attack on western Niger town
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Heavily armed gunmen killed five Niger soldiers and injured four others Tuesday in an attack on a town near the border with Mali, Niger's interior ministry said in a statement.
The attack on the western town of Banibangou began at 5 a.m. with the gunmen arriving on 10 motorcycles and two other vehicles, according to the statement.
Two assailants were killed and 26 others in possession of weapons and ammunition were arrested, the ministry said.
18 killed, 43 injured as farmers, herders clash in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Officials in Niger say 18 people have been killed in fighting between farmers and herders in this West African nation.
A government statement says another 43 people were injured and homes were burned in Tuesday's fighting in the community of Bangui in the Tahoua region.
The statement says an investigation is underway into the "atrocious acts."
Gunmen attack Niger prison holding extremists, 1 dead
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen attacked a prison in Niger that holds jihadists early Monday and were repelled by security forces who killed an attacker, Niger's interior and public security minister said.
Two guards were also wounded in the attack around 4:30 a.m. at Koutoukale prison, which holds prisoners from extremist groups from northern Mali and Nigeria's Boko Haram, said Mohamed Bazoum. The prison is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the capital, Niamey.
Niger says Germany can build military logistics base there
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Germany can build a military logistics base in Niger as it seeks to strengthen the fight against extremism in this West African country and in neighboring Mali, Niger's president said Monday.
President Mahamadou Issoufou spoke alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the second leg of the European leader's three-nation African visit.
Niger: Attackers kill 22 soldiers near refugee camp
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's government says attackers who killed at least 22 soldiers at a Malian refugee camp likely came from Mali.
The government said Friday it is investigating the attack a day earlier that wounded at least five at a security post for the Tazalit camp, in the Tahoua region of Niger near the border with Mali.
Niger, Chad forces kill 126 extremists since July, army says
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's army says joint operations with Chad's military have killed about 126 Islamic extremists since July.
Niger army spokesman Michel Ledru Moustapha said Monday that forces from Niger, Chad and Nigeria have re-occupied several cities in northern Nigeria after Boko Haram extremists killed more than two dozen soldiers in Niger's town of Bosso in June. Bosso borders Nigeria, where Boko Haram originates.
Niger soldiers kill 38 Boko Haram extremists in operation
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's defense ministry says soldiers have killed 38 Boko Haram Islamic extremists during an operation in the country's southeast Diffa region.
Col. Moustapha Michel Ledru said on national television late Friday that two Nigerien soldiers were wounded in the operation that had support from Chad's army.
Ledru on Tuesday said five soldiers and 30 Nigeria-based Boko Haram militants had been killed after an ambush by the extremists led to fighting Monday.
Fighting in Niger kills 5 soldiers, 30 Boko Haram militants
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's defense ministry says at least five soldiers and 30 Boko Haram militants have been killed after an ambush by the Nigeria-based Islamic extremists led to fighting.
Col. Moustapha Michel Ledru said the attack on soldiers Monday near Toumour, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of the town of Diffa, also injured six soldiers.
He spoke Tuesday night on national television, saying the army captured two extremists along with a large quantity of arms and ammunition.
Gunmen kill woman, 5-year-old boy in Niger refugee camp
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency says that a woman and a 5-year-old boy were killed when unidentified gunmen attacked a security post near a refugee camp in Niger.
Benoit Moreno says the victims of Saturday night's attack were refugees at the Tabarey-barey camp, which houses around 10,000 refugees from Mali.