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Islamic State offshoot claims the 2017 Niger attack on US troops

BRUSSELS, Belgium —Last weekend, the Mauritanian Nouakchott News Agency reported that a self-professed Islamic State affiliate known as Abu al-Walid al-Sahrawi had claimed responsibility for October 4, 2017, attack on US forces about 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Niger’s capital, Niamey.

The Islamic State group which is a Sahara offshoot is claiming that it carried out the October attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerien troops.

According to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist websites, the Mauritanian Nouakchott News Agency has broadcasted messages from the affiliate before.

The news agency also reported that the extremists also claimed responsibility for last Thursday’s  attack on a French military convoy, and for a series of attacks in Niger and the border areas with Mali and Burkina Faso.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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