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Soldiers in Niger fight against Islamic jihadists - photo AFP
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Islamist jihadist militants attacking a prison in Niger on Monday have been stopped by security forces. The prison, located 40 km away from the capital of Niamey, was holding 100 jihadists as prisoners. These prisoners were from the Nigeria-based Islamic jihadist group, Boko Haram, and from other groups linked to al-Qaeda.

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.



Vocabulary
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.)
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