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NIAMEY (Reuters) - Gunmen mounted on pick-up trucks and motorcycles killed at least eight gendarmes and wounded several in an attack on their base in western Niger, near the Mali border, on Saturday, two security sources said.

They crossed over the border from Mali and drove up to the village of Ayorou, about 40 km (25 miles) inside, before springing their attack, the security sources said.

(Reporting by Boureima Balima; Additional reporting by David Lewis in Nairobi, Cheick Amadou Diouara in Bamako and Tim Cocks in Dakar; Writing by Tim Cocks, Editing by Tim Cocks)

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