IS claims responsibility for deadly Mali attacks on 50 soldiers
The Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for a devastating raid that killed 49 Malian troops as well as a blast that led to the death of a French soldier who became the latest casualty in the conflict-torn region.
The attacks came a month after two jihadist assaults killed 40 soldiers near the border with Burkina Faso. Several sources have said the real death toll was higher.
The strikes underscored the fragility
of an area straddling several West African countries battling increasing
jihadist violence that has claimed hundreds of lives.