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Niger holds funeral for 71 troops killed in jihadist raid

By AFP
The Imam of the Great Mosque of Niamey, Cheikh Djabir Ismaël(C), who led the funeral prayer, stands in front of the bodies of military personnel at the Niamey Airforce Base in Niamey, on December 13, 2019. – 71 Military personnel died in an attack on a military camp in Inates in the western Tillaberi region on December 10, 2019.<br />The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack that was the deadliest on Niger’s military since the country’s Islamist militant violence began in 2015. (Photo by BOUREIMA HAMA / AFP) / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by BOUREIMA HAMA has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [in Niamey, on December 13, 2019.] instead of [in Niamye, on December 13, 2019.]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”
Niger on Friday staged ceremonies for 71 troops killed in the biggest jihadist assault in the country’s history.
Body bags draped in the national flag were set out on the tarmac of an airforce base near the capital Niamey, where President Mahamadou Issoufou paid tribute.
“Your death is glorious — to die with weapons in your hand is one of the best ways to die,” he said.
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