"Boko Haram terrorists" raid Blabrine military base in troubled Diffa region leaving another 10 soldiers wounded, defence ministry says in statement.
The former French colony in the Sahel region of Africa, Niger, is looking to rid its national anthem of any remnants of French colonisation.
The tanker truck exploded overnight as crowds tried to collect spilt fuel in Niger's capital Niamey, authorities and witnesses said on Monday.
Defence ministry says more than 200 militants were killed in air strikes and a further 87 by ground troops since a military offensive began on December 28.
Niger's minister for humanitarian action says floods have killed at least 22 people, destroyed more than 3,000 homes and nearly 4,000 hectares of crops.
Smugglers abandon 34 refugees including 20 children in Niger desert close to Assamaka.
Hundreds of Boko Haram militants attacked Niger's southeastern town of Bosso, killing thirty-two soldiers.
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