Ground assault by Taliban kills Daesh terrorist who spearheaded August 2021 bombing at Kabul airport that left about 170 Afghans and 13 US troops dead, US officials confirm.
The militant group has claimed the attack near Mauritania border that killed Oumar Traore, chief of staff for Colonel Assimi Goita, among several others.
Authorities frequently warn against the high-risk practice of searching for truffles in the vast Syrian desert, or Badia - a known hideout for terrorists that is also littered with landmines.
Military junta in West Africa's landlocked country has set a goal of recapturing 40 percent of the country's territory, which is controlled by local insurgents affiliated with Al Qaeda and Daesh groups.
The 15 suspects, nabbed as part of the country's ongoing anti-terror campaign, were foreign nationals, security sources said.
Daesh has escalated its assaults in Afghanistan, claiming responsibility for a number of high-profile attacks in the South Asian country.
Locals leaders and activists say ADF rebels massacred 20 to 22 villagers some 30 km west of Oicha town in North Kivu province, with army saying assailants used machetes to carry out mass killings.
The regional affiliate of the Daesh group has been the key rival of the Taliban since their takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021 which has increased its attacks, targeting both Taliban patrols and members of Afghanistan's Shia minority.
Police say they intercepted the suicide bomber before he reached his target, but he managed to detonate his vest, killing at least six civilians and wounding many others.
Niger troops started an anti-militant operation that included an incursion into Mali after they were attacked by an "armed terrorist group", according to the country's defence ministry.
Washington does not seek conflict with Tehran, President Biden says, but warns the country and its proxies should be prepared for US "to act forcefully to protect our people."
Attack took place in the country's Centre-North region, a hotbed of violent incidents linked to Al Qaeda and Daesh armed groups.
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