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NIAMEY, NIGER - Niger voted in long, delayed local and regional elections Tuesday after attacks by the jihadist group Boko Haram killed at least 27 people and cast a ballot in presidential and parliamentary elections that could signal a growing threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the militant group al-Sham (ISIS). Niger voted for a long-delayed vote on Wednesday, a day after a Boko Haram jihadist group attack in the north of the country killed at least 26 people and wounded more than 1,000.

Nigerian President Idriss Deby, president of the National Assembly of Niger, attends a press conference after the presidential election at the presidential palace in Niamey, Niger, March 8, 2016. Niger's President Ibrahim Boubacar Hamadou Diallo (L) and President Mahamatou Toure (R) attend a press conference ahead of the 2018 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Nairobi, Kenya, March 9, 2017. Nigerian President Ibrahim Baba Diaye (C), President Hassan Badreddine (D) attends press conferences ahead of the presidential election in Nigeria's capital Niamese City on March 7, 2018. Nigeria's Prime Minister Ibrahim Djibouti (B) attends a press conference ahead of the national elections in Nigeria on March 6, 2014.

Egypt national team captain takes part in a press conference ahead of the 2018 FIFA Under 20 World Cup World Cup in Nairobi, Kenya, March 9, 2017. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (L) and President Mohamed El-Badreddine (R) attend the opening ceremony of the FIFA Under-21 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt, on March 11, 2016. Egypt national team captain and national coach Abdel Fatah al-Sadat (C) attends the opening ceremony of the FIFA Under-23 World Cup in Egypt on July 1, 2015.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) and President Mohamed el-Badreddine (R) attend the opening ceremony of the FIFA Under-21 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt, on March 11, 2016.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) and President Mohamed el-Badreddine (R) at the opening ceremony of the FIFA Under-21 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt, March 11, 2016.

In Niamey, he had the opportunity to attend the opening ceremony of the FIFA Under-21 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt, on 11 March 2016. A flag of Niger painted in his face as he heads to a sporting event to show his support is pictured in front of a national flag in Niger's capital Niamese City, Niger, March 10, 2015. The flag for Niger is also painted in the face of President Mahamadou Diallo of his country as he walks into the stadium where he is painting his flag for a sporting event in Niamey, the capital of Nigeria, on March 12, 2014.

Guinea won the first game 1-0, but Niger won 2-0 in the second game and then lost 3-1 to Gabon after trailing for most of the match before Youssef Msakni dribbled through. Niger will face Morocco in a match in which two already eliminated teams, Guinea and Ghana, will play each other.

William N'Gounou made history when he scored his first international goal for Niger in the 1-0 win over Ghana on October 10, 2010. Niger claimed its first ever point at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations when it drew 0-1 with DR Congo in its opening match. On November 10, 2010, Niger repeated the feat of beating Guinea 3-2 to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but earned a 2-3 draw against Gabon in the next match on October 11.

During the Cup, Niger won all its home games, including the win against Guinea, and finished the first two games with a 3: 0 record. One of Niger's best performances was when it eliminated Somalia and Togo after an away goal ruling, but was beaten by Algeria in the third round, with only eight teams left.

Niger finished in Group C, losing to Mali in the quarter-finals of the World Cup after beating Algeria 2-1.

USAID and ICRISAT withdrew from Niger in the mid-1990s, school enrollment dropped significantly, and ACTED says its staff has now been banned from leaving their homes. In the 2009 / 2010 school year, 60-two students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade accounted for only 1.5 percent of the country's total enrollment. France has sent 5,100 troops to fight the growing insurgency there, but local Sahel forces, made up of Niger's armed forces, the National Guard and local police, are also battling the extremists.

Niger has also contributed to the French-led Operation Barkhane, which has established a base for 5,000 French troops in Chad and a second base in Niger. Niger has also contributed to the French operation, which was set up in the border area between Niger and Chad, and to a third base on the outskirts of the capital Niamey.

Niger's squad has also been plagued by financial worries, which have seen him withdraw from international tournaments more than once. Niger must deal with the instability that has spread from Mali to Nigeria and exacerbates local tensions. Chad and Cameroon have been fighting since Boko Haram launched a jihadist campaign in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 and has since spread to the wider Lake Chad region. The extremist group has pushed Niger aside and has been under pressure from all sides in recent months, with attacks in Niger, Mali, Cameroon and the border area between Niger and Chad.

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