Lt Ouma Laouali has become the first female pilot to serve in Niger’s Armed Forces (Fan).
The 28-year-old, who received pilot training in the US, will be flying the Cessna aircraft (pictured above), two of which were handed over by the US to Niger in a ceremony in the capital Niamey on Wednesday.
The aircraft and training were part of a security co-operation deal worth $24m (£16m) between the two countries, the US ambassador said at the ceremony.
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The US has one drone base in the capital, Niamey, and is reportedly building another one in the desert town of Agadez, as part of its counter-terrorism strategy in the region