Houston Chronicle

Several electoral commission members killed

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NIAMEY, Niger — Deadly violence struck Niger’s presidenti­al elections Sunday when seven members of the National Electoral Commission were killed when their car hit an explosive device, the government announced.

Three others were severely injured in the explosion which occurred in Gotheye village in the Tillaberi region in the country’s west, Addine Agalass, an adviser to Tillaberi’s governor told the Associated Press by phone.

The attack happened while Nigeriens were nearly finished voting in the second round of the country’s presidenti­al elections. It’s unclear if it was intended to target the electoral commission officials or if it was related to the election, said Agalass.

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