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Seven members of the electoral commission in the Niger Republic have been killed in a landmine explosion during the second round of the presidential election in the country.

It was gathered that the team’s car drove over an improvised explosive device in the Tillaberi region in the country’s south-west.

It is not known whether the vehicle was deliberately targeted. Another three workers were injured in the incident.

Harouna Mounkaila, a local electoral commission official stated that the officials were leaving to drop off the ballot boxes and the members of the polling station.