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NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger security forces killed 57 members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram who attacked a village in the southeastern Diffa region overnight, the defence ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Fifteen soldiers and two civilians were wounded during the attack in Gueskerou village, which is around 35 km (22 miles) northeast of Diffa town, it said.

(Reporting by Boureima Balima; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Larry King)

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