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Ten killed in Niger mosque bombing

Three suicide bombers have killed ten people at a mosque in Niger’s southeastern city of Diffa, Reuters reports.

An army spokesman said on Tuesday that the victims were among a group of worshippers who had gathered after breaking the Ramadan fast.

The area around Diffa, close to Lake Chad and the borders with Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon, is a stronghold for two factions of militant group Boko Haram, which have been fighting to establish an Islamic state in the region.

“It was last night that these three people exploded their charges during a religious service,” the spokesman said. He later said the three bombers were female.

Southeast Niger has seen sporadic attacks by militants loosely linked to Boko Haram.

The Islamist group has gradually split into two factions, one of which has pledged allegiance to Syria-based Islamic State.

Last December, troops from Niger and the US killed eleven Islamist militants from that IS affiliate in a firefight.

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