Islamic State claims responsibility for Niger attack


Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a Niger military camp near Mali, according to a statement issued by a branch of the militant group in the region.

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) said the attack killed at least 100 soldiers and injured many others, while a Niger army spokesman said on Wednesday 71 soldiers were killed.

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