• Gunmen attack Niger prison holding Islamist militants – minister

    Gunmen attack Niger prison holding Islamist militants – minister

    Gunmen attacked a high-security Gunmen attacked a high-security prison in Niger early on Monday in an apparent bid to free Islamist militants, the interior minister said.

    in Niger early on Monday in an apparent bid to free Islamist militants, the interior minister said.

    The attackers tried to lay siege to Koutoukale prison, about 50km (30 miles) from the capital Niamey, but were repelled, Mohamed Bazoum told Reuters, without going into further details on the fight or whether anyone escaped.

    The land-locked West African […]

  • Death toll in North Sinai militant attacks rises to 50

    Death toll in North Sinai militant attacks rises to 50

    The death toll in attacks carried out by Islamist militants in North Sinai rose to 50 on Wednesday, security sources said.

    The identities of those killed were not immediately clear. Sources had earlier said there were soldiers among those killed and the army has also said there are deaths among soldiers.

    Sinai Province, Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate, has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s