Niger: U.S. State Department Daily Press Briefing: Niger

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On — Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:

MR. VENTRELL: Okay. Good afternoon. Welcome to the briefing. I have one thing - two things for you at the top; first of all, a welcome. We have some journalists from Pakistan here who are visitors - welcome to you all - and some outgoing spokespeople to our U.S. embassies overseas. So welcome to all of them.

And then on a policy matter on Niger: We have seen reports of two simultaneous attacks involving vehicle-borne, improvised explosive devices in the northern Nigerian cities of Agadez and Arlit that have killed 20 people and injured 30 more. We strongly condemn this attack and express our condolences to the families of the deceased and injured. There are also reports that attackers involved in the attack on Agadez have taken hostage a group of military cadets. We call for their immediate and safe release, but at this time we note that there are no Americans reported to be killed or injured in the attack.

So having said that, I'll turn it over to all of you.

QUESTION: I have nothing.

MR. VENTRELL: Okay.

Leslie.

QUESTION: Thanks, Patrick. Just to follow up on the Niger thing, is there any kind of indication that this might also be fueled by the fact that the U.S. has a drone site in - planning a drone site in Niger?

(The briefing was concluded at 1:12 p.m.)

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