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BREAKING: Suicide Bombers Kill Nine In Niger

Nine people were killed in three suicide bombings in southeastern Niger near the border with Nigeria, a local official said on Tuesday.

The attacks occurred late Monday in the regional capital of Diffa, a frequent target of the Boko Haram jihadist group, the official, who asked not to be identified, told AFP.

He said, “two young women and a man” blew themselves up in different parts of the city, adding that an Islamic school in a busy area was one of the targets.

“For the moment there are nine dead, and many wounded,” he said.

Security forces have cordoned off the sites and are carrying out search operations throughout the city, a security source said.

According to accounts on social media, three explosions were heard at around 10 p.m. on Monday in Diffa Koura, an old district of the city.

The attacks came as Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou arrived Paris for an official visit on Monday. He is to proceed to Brussels on Tuesday.

Diffa region, since February 2015, has suffered numerous attacks by Boko Haram fighters across the border in northeast Nigeria.

In late April, Niamey announced a military operation against Boko Haram in the region of Lake Chad, which links Niger, Chad, Nigeria and Cameroon.

The group, which is seeking an Islamic state based on Sharia law, has caused the deaths of at least 20,000 people since it took up arms in 2009 in Nigeria.

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