Niger’s defence ministry has confirmed the death of 29 soldiers in an assault by suspected jihadists in the west of the country.
The ministry said it is the deadliest attack since the army seized power in a coup at the end of July.
In a televised statement, officials said the troops had been targeted by more than a 100 militants, using weapons including improvised explosive devices.
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Jihadist attacks on the army have risen since the military seized power and stated that it had staged the coup to be better able to fight militants.