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'We are at war... we will win God willing' - Niger president

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<p>Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou on Tuesday while making a televised speech assured his country that they will win war against terrorist threat.</p> <p>The president’s pronouncement comes a week after the insurgent attack on a military camp killed 71 soldiers and shocked the country and the wider Sahel region.</p> <p>“We are at war. We are waging this war, it cannot be repeated enough, for a just cause, the defence of our nation and the integrity of our territory. And that is why we will win it, God willing, whatever time it takes.” </p> <p>Leaders of the G5 Sahel nations recently held talks in Niamey calling for closer cooperation and international support in the battle against the terrorists.</p> <p>The Nigerien president stressed: “We have the military means to overcome. We will strengthen them and strengthen our alliances. </p> <p>“I know that all of our people support our defence and security forces, the defence of the nation and the integrity of the territory is a duty for all of us, civil or military. The government will mobilize not only the material and human resources.”</p> <p>The attack in the western Tillaberi region was the deadliest on Niger’s military since extremist violence began to spill over from neighbouring Mali in 2015.</p>

I know that all of our people support our defence and security forces, the defence of the nation and the integrity of the territory is a duty for all of us, civil or military. The government will mobilize not only the material and human resources.

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