Niger Army armed forces patrol during a visit of Niger's Interior Minister to a refugee camp near Diffa on June 16, 2016 following attacks by Boko Haram fighters in the region. / AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO
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Armed forces in Niger repelled a pre-dawn attack Monday on a prison where "terrorists", notably from neighboring Mali, are being held, the country's interior minister said.Mohamed Bazoum said the prison in Koutoukale, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of the capital Niamey, came under attack at 4 am (0300 GMT). The prison in Koutoukale is considered to be Niger's most secure jail, holding the country's most dangerous detainees, and notably jihadists from groups active in the Sahel desert area and from the Nigeria-based Boko Haram Islamist group.
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