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Monday, 23 March, 1998, 19:22 GMT
Niger rebel groups disarm

State radio in Niger says the two main Tuareg and Toubou rebel groups have officially disarmed at a ceremony, to coincide with the granting of an amnesty to all rebel groups which have been fighting the government.

The radio said the groups The Organisation of Armed Resistance and the Co-Ordination of Armed Resistance handed over heavy machine guns, rocket launchers and anti-tank mines to local military commanders in the central town of Agadez.

The former rebels will join other rebel groups which have already been integrated into the army as part of a peace agreement signed in 1995.

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