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Islamist Militants Kill More Than 20 People In Niger


More than 20 people have been killed and dozens have been injured in attacks by Islamist militants in Niger.

The attacks in the western African country on May 23 were claimed by one of the Islamist militant groups that seized control of northern Mali last year before being driven out by French-led African troops.

At least 20 soldiers were killed when a car bomb exploded at an army camp in the northern city of Agadez.

One person was killed in another attack which hit a uranium mine in the northern town of Arlit operated by French company Areva.

The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) group said the attacks were revenge for France's offensive against the Islamists in neighboring Mali, and for Niger's involvement in the operation.

Based on reporting by AFP, dpa, and BBC
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