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At least 71 soldiers killed in Niger militant attack

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Niamey: At least 71 soldiers were killed when armed militants attacked an amry camp in Niger, the West African country’s Defence Minister said.

The attack took place on Tuesday at the camp located near Niger’s border with Mali, reports the All Africa news website.

The three-hour assault was carried out by “heavily armed terrorists estimated to number many hundreds,” the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

It added that 57 of the attackers had also been killed.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, but fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) terror group and Nigeria-based Boko Haram are active in the area, the BBC said.

The attack comes just after the Niger government requested a three-month extension to a state of emergency, first declared two years ago.

Niger’s security forces were struggling to contain the spread of armed groups.

In recent weeks, there have been increasingly bold attacks from the IS affiliate in the area of the country close to Mali.

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Prime Minister Modi wishes nation on 71st Republic Day

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning extended his warm wishes to Indians on the occasion of India”s 71st Republic Day.

Prime minister took to Twitter to convey his greetings: Wishing everyone a happy Republic Day. Greetings to all Indians on this occasion. Jai Hind!”

Earlier on Saturday, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu greeted the nation. While Kovind invoked Mahatma Gandhi, Naidu reminded Indians of discharging Indians their conditional duties.

“It should be part of our daily routine to introspect on Gandhiji”s message of truth and non-violence, which has become all the more necessary in our times,” said Kovind while addressing the nation.

Meanwhile Naidu asserted, “Let us pledge to faithfully discharge our constitutionally mandated Fundamental Duties and be responsible citizens who will be proactive partners in the nation”s development.”

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