French soldier killed by IED as ISIS claim deadly attack on Malian troops

ISIS has claimed an attack in Mali’s volatile east nera the border with Niger that killed a French soldier on Saturday, a day after 53 Malian troops were massacred in the same area.

Militants “detonated an explosive device on a French army convoy in the Indelimane area”, ISIS said on its Telegram channel.

The recent wave of attacks has underscored the fragility of a region straddling several countries under increasing pressure from extremist violence.

It also comes just days after the US killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi in a raid in Syria. The group has subsequently named a new head, Abu Ibrahim Al Hashimi Al Qurayshi and various ISIS affiliate have begun to pledge loyalty. The move shows the enduring threat of ISIS and its local affiliates even after the destruction of their self-declared caliphate in March this year.

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Source: The National