‘Attack under way’ on Niger prison where militants held

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An attack is under way  on a high security prison in Niger,  Radio France International (RFI) reports.

Jihadists from Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb are said to be held at the prison, but it is unclear where the assault is aimed at freeing them, reports the BBC’s Himadou Amadou from the capital, Niamey.

Security reinforcements have been sent to the prison in Koutou Kale, some 50km (30 miles) from Niamey, after fighting was reported at daybreak, according to RFI.

We’ll bring you more details as they come in.

Archive photo: Niger's army forces in patrol.
Niger’s security forces have been battling militant Islamists active in the region

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