IS group says it car­ried out at­tack

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An Is­lamic State group off­shoot is claim­ing it car­ried out the Oc­to­ber at­tack in Niger that killed four U.S. sol­diers and four Nige­rien troops and sparked ques­tions about U.S. mil­i­tary in­volve­ment in West Africa’s vast Sa­hel re­gion.

The Mau­ri­ta­nian Nouakchott News Agency re­ported Fri­day that Abu al-Walid al-Sahrawi with the self-pro­fessed IS af­fil­i­ate claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Oct. 4 am­bush about 120 miles north of Niger’s cap­i­tal, Ni­amey.

The U.S. Africa Com­mand has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the at­tack, which also wounded two U.S. and eight Nige­rien troops. A fi­nal re­port is ex­pected to be re­leased this month.

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