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NIAMEY, Niger — With the help of French special forces, Niger’s military on Friday killed the last two jihadists holed up inside a dormitory on the grounds of a military garrison in the desert town of Agadez, and freed at least two soldiers who had been held hostage by the extremists, according to French and Nigerian officials.
For hours there had been conflicting reports on whether the Al Qaeda-linked attackers had succeeded in kidnapping several soldiers inside the military base. But on Friday afternoon, Defense Minister Kardijo Mahamadou confirmed Niger’s troops had broken through the attackers’ defenses in the building where they had barricaded themselves. Once inside the dorm, the soldiers found and liberated the two hostages, who were unharmed, he said.