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Five soldiers were killed and four are missing following an attack in southwest Niger on Tuesday, a security source told AFP.

“This terrorist attack against the area of Banibangou killed five soldiers, injured three and four others were reported missing,” said the source, who requested anonymity.

Niger faces constant attacks in the south by Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram.

A US aid worker was abducted by armed men from a town in the centre of the impoverished country in October.

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