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Tiloa is a town in Niger. On February 23, 2015, 15 soldiers of the Niger Armed Forces were killed outside the town by terrorists. [1]

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  1. "Militants kill 15 Niger soldiers in patrol ambush". Reuters. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017.