Daesh offshoot claims 2017 Niger attack on US

Niger soldiers provide security for an anti-Boko Haram summit in Diffa city, Niger. (Reuters)
Updated 13 January 2018
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Daesh offshoot claims 2017 Niger attack on US

DAKAR: A Daesh Sahara offshoot is claiming it carried out the October attack in Niger that killed four US soldiers and four Nigerien troops.
The Mauritanian Nouakchott News Agency reported Friday that the Daesh affiliate Abu Al-Walid Al-Sahrawi claimed responsibility for the Oct. 4 attack about 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Niger’s capital, Niamey.
The news agency has carried messages from the affiliate before, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist websites.
The news agency says the extremists also claimed responsibility for an attack Thursday on a French military convoy, and for a series of attacks in Niger and border areas with Mali and Burkina Faso.


Search for Spanish toddler in well enters fifth day

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Search for Spanish toddler in well enters fifth day

  • Julen Rosello, who is two, fell down a very narrow shaft more than 100 meters deep on Sunday
  • Rescuers are unable to get to where they believe the child is as a layer of earth, sand, and stones believed to have been dragged down

TOLOTÁN, SPAIN: The search for a toddler who fell down a well in southern Spain in a tragedy that has gripped the country entered its fifth day Thursday, with hopes dwindling he would be found alive.
Julen Rosello, who is two, fell down a very narrow shaft more than 100 meters (330 feet) deep on Sunday while playing as his parents had lunch nearby in the town of Totalan near Malaga, family members said.
Rescuers are unable to get to where they believe the child is as a layer of earth, sand, and stones believed to have been dragged down by Julen when he fell have blocked the well.
The toddler is believed to be underneath and the discovery of several strands of his hair by rescuers appears to confirm that theory.
As such, they are digging two tunnels, one parallel to the well and another at an angle aiming to reach Julen.
But the work is complicated by the state of the soil.
Engineer Juan Lopez told reporters that the vertical tunnel was progressing “for the moment without too many problems.”
But the horizontal one is causing “problems,” he added. Excavating that tunnel “within less than two days is really complicated,” he said.
This race-against-time recalls several other high-profile cases in the 1980s.
Alfredo Rampi, an Italian boy, was found dead in a well near Rome in 1981 while Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl, was rescued alive from a well in Texas in October 1987 after more than two days inside.