Five people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in Niger, according to reports from the region.
The attackers, believed to belong to the extreme Islamist group, rode into the village of Toumour on camels, burning houses and injuring residents in an overnight raid on Saturday.
Incumbent president vows to wipe out Islamist militants but faces claims of corruption from his opposition.Read the full story ›
Three people including a soldier were killed when suspected Boko Haram militants raided a village in southern Niger, security sources have said.
The overnight attack took place in the village of Abadam, near the border with Nigeria, earlier this week.
One source, who wished to remain anonymous, told Reuters news agency that the militants had killed two civilians and looted shops of goods. A sergeant was lost during the pursuit, he added.
Armed forces from Chad and Niger have teamed up to launch a fresh offensive against Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Troops entered the country through southeast Niger and attacked militants in Nigeria's Borno State.
We can confirm that Chadian and Nigerian forces launched an offensive this morning from Niger. The offensive is underway.
It comes after Boko Haram pledged allegiance to Islamic State, which has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria.
Niger's army repelled an attack by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram on the border town of Diffa today, but fierce fighting raged at a nearby bridge that crosses over into Nigieria, military sources said.
A local resident said a bomb had exploded in Diffa's central market, but most locals had already left the streets because of the fighting, which began overnight. A death toll was not immediately available.
At least three more people have been found dead after the latest violent Charlie Hebdo protests in the capital of West African country Niger, bringing the death toll to eight following two days of violence.
Police sources said two charred bodies were found inside a burned church in the outskirts of Niamey, while the body of a woman was found in a bar.
They said she was believed to have asphyxiated from tear gas and smoke.
A police officer and four others have been killed during protests in Niger over French newspaper Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
At least two churches were burned and a police station and the home of a foreign minister were attacked. One body was discovered in a burned out Catholic church.
The French embassy has warned its citizens not to go on to the streets for fear of reprisal attacks.
Police said they had arrested four Muslim preachers in the capital city Niamey.
At least two churches have been torched in Niger as violent protests against the depiction of Mohammed in Charlie Hebdo continue.
Four people are known to have died during demonstrations in the country so far, while police fired tear gas at hundreds of people throwing rocks in the capital Niamey today.
At least two police cars were burned in a second day of protests - with Agence France-Presse also reporting that churches were targeted.
Peaceful marches took place in the capital cities of Mali, Senegal, Mauritania and Algeria, all of which are also former French colonies in Africa.
One protester in Niger told Reuters news agency: "They offended our Prophet Mohammed, that's what we didn't like."
Three civilians and one police officer have been killed during an anti-French protest in Niger according to police sources, Reuters reports.
Rescuers found the bodies of 92 migrants, most of them women and children, strewn across the Sahara desert in northern Niger after their vehicles broke down and they died of thirst, authorities said.
Rescue workers said the bodies - 52 children, 33 women and 7 men from Niger were found near the Algerian border.
Many of the bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition, and some had been partly eaten by wild animals.
They were buried in a mass grave, close to where they died.
Authorities said 19 of the group reached Algeria by foot and were returned to Niger.
Two survived after walking the 50 mile trek back to Arlit, a mining down in Niger, and it was there that the alarm was raised.
Niger is ranked by the United Nations as the least developed country on earth. Every year thousands risk their lives by crossing through Northern Niger into North Africa and across the Mediterranean into Europe.
Most of those who make the perilous journey on ancient open-topped trucks are young African men in search of work.
Rescuers said the doomed convoy of women and children was puzzling.