The Islamic State group (IS) has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack that killed atleast 28 soldiers in Niger near the border with Mali.
In a statement, IS claimed its militants targeted a convoy of the Niger army in Tongo Tongo on Tuesday, killing or wounding 40 soldiers.
The ambush took place in an area where four US troops were killed in October 2017 when a joint patrol of Niger troops and US special forces came under attack by militants.
The latest IS statement also highlighted an attack by the group on Monday, saying its militants targeted Niger security forces in the vicinity of Koutoukale prison near the capital Niamey, allegedly killing or wounding many of them.
According to local media, the maximum security prison was targeted by heavily-armed militants resulting in the death of one soldier.
Niger authorities said they foiled the “terrorist” attack.
IS has significantly stepped up its attacks in West Africa this year, particularly in Nigeria and its borders with Niger. -BBC