KIGALI, Rwanda

The president of the West African nation of Niger on Monday fired the army’s chief of staff following last week’s attack on security forces that left 89 soldiers killed by extremists.

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Ahmed Mohamed will be replaced by Brig-Gen. Salifou Modi, formerly Niger’s military attache to Germany, a presidential statement said Monday.

Issoufou Mahamadou also dismissed the secretary general of the Defense Ministry and the chief of Land Staff, according to the statement.

The announcement came as Issoufou and five presidents from the Sahel region were meeting in France with French President Emmanuel Macron

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