Twelve Niger soldiers killed in clash with jihadists

At least 12 soldiers in Niger have been killed by gunmen in a clash in the south-west of the country, a government official said on Sunday.

Security forces came under heavy fire from hundreds of fighters near the village of Funio on Saturday.

The official said dozens of militants had also been killed.

Militants linked to the Islamic State group have been blamed for a wave of attacks in the Sahel region of West Africa in recent years.

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