The Republic of Niger’s Army says a military camp was attacked by suspected militants, killing about twenty-five soldiers and more than 60 assailants.

The attack, which took place on an Army outpost in Western Niger Republic a few kilometers from the border with Mali, comes just days ahead of a summit in France with West African leaders to assess military operations in the Sahel region.

It is close to where 71 soldiers were killed just a month ago, in an attack later claimed by the Islamic State Group affiliate in the region.

Militants linked to al-Qaeda are also present in the area, while the Boko Haram group is active on the country’s south-eastern border. 

Initial reports indicate that French and American partner military forces quickly intervened, using air power to help the army fight off the militants.

In another development, the governing ABC party in Lesotho has asked Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane to resign over allegations that he was involved in the murder of his estranged wife two years ago. The allegations were made by Lesotho’s police commissioner Holomo Molibeli in Court documents this week.

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