The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed duty for an assault on a military base in western Niger on January 9 that killed scores of troopers, the monitoring group SITE mentioned.
“Clashes came about, lasting for a number of hours, with gentle, medium, and heavy weapons, which led to killing 100 parts and wounding others,” in response to a message by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) translated by SITE.
“The mujahideen then returned to their positions,” it mentioned.
Niger on Sunday mentioned 89 of its troops and 77 assailants died within the raid on the bottom at Chinegodar.
It was the largest one-day loss within the historical past of Niger, an impoverished nation within the coronary heart of the Sahel area which is scuffling with a mounting Islamist insurgency.
In accordance with UN figures, jihadist assaults in Burkina, Mali and Niger final 12 months left four,000 lifeless.
The assault on Chinegodar was carried by extremely cellular assailants who arrived in automobiles and on motorbikes.
It occurred in the identical area, Tillaberi, the place 71 troopers had been killed final month. The IS additionally claimed duty for that assault.
Niger declared three days of nationwide mourning after the Chinegodar losses and carried out a top-rank army reshuffle, changing the chief of the armed forces and the top of the military.
On Monday, France and 5 companions within the Sahel — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Mauritania in addition to Niger — vowed to step up their efforts towards the revolt.
France has a four,500 army mission within the Sahel, to which 220 extra troopers will probably be despatched to assist prepare native forces, President Emmanuel Macron introduced.
“The brand new aspect is the popularity that the state of affairs just isn’t good and that the technique pursued up to now just isn’t working nicely,” mentioned Jean-Herve Jezequel, in control of the Sahel on the Worldwide Disaster Group, talking of Monday’s summit organised by French President Emmanuel Macron with Sahel leaders in southern France.