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Rome Says 21 Italians Found in Niger After Bandit Attack

The Italian Foreign Ministry says a group of tourists, including 21 Italians, have been found in southeastern Niger a day after an attack by bandits.

Details of the incident are sketchy, but the ministry said in a statement Tuesday that the tourists may have been kidnapped in Niger near the border with Chad on Monday.

It added that the group may have been held for a ransom demand.

Earlier, the ministry said it was sending a diplomat to Niger from its mission in Ivory Coast in an effort to resolve the situation.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.