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Gunmen Attack Town in Western Niger Near Mali Border

A Niger government spokesman says gunmen have attacked a town in the west near the border with Mali.   Assamana Malam Issa said the attack targeting Banibangou began early Tuesday morning. He said the government is not yet able to provide details on casualties or the identity of the assailants. It was not clear whether the fighting was over.   Landlocked Niger faces threats of extremist violence from al-Qaida-linked Islamic militants in Mali to the west as well as Nigeria's...

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