One attacker was killed, while the others are being pursued by security forces. Two prison guards were injured in the attack that occurred at around 4:30 am.
Officials believe the attackers are apart of Mujao, an Islamic jihadist group associated with al-Qaeda and based in Mali. Many Islamic jihadists groups are known to be located in Mali.
This failed attack comes a week after German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Niger to discuss migration, aid, and security.
militants - fighters in an army
jihadist - an Islamist militant fighting because of religious reasons
to pursue - to chase (try to find and catch)
migration - people moving from one place (country) to another
aid - help (financial, etc.)