Isis on Thursday May 16th claimed responsibility for an ambush on an army patrol in Niger that killed at least 28 troops.
The attack took place on a military patrol that was ambushed on Tuesday May 14th, near the village of Tongo Tongo in the western Tillaberi region, near the Mali border, security sources told AFP.
The ambush happened one day after insurgents had attacked Niger’s Koutoukale jail, which is notorious for holding the country's most dangerous detainees, including jihadists from groups active in the Sahel area, and from Nigeria's terrorist group Boko Haram.
Terrorist group Isis claimed responsibility for both the ambush and the prison attack in a statement published on its social media channels.
It said Tuesday's ambush killed and wounded around 40 soldiers.
Niger is one of a number of countries in the Sahel region that have been hit by dangerous and rising jihadist violence. The border areas where Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali meet, are especially dangerous, according to the United Nations.