The border areas where Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali meet are especially dangerous and violence is worsening across the region [File: Luc Gnago/Reuters]

The death toll from Tuesday’s ambush on Nigerien troops near the border with Mali has risen to 28, an army spokesman and security sources have said, as ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack.

The bodies of 11 soldiers who had previously been reported missing were discovered on Wednesday, security sources told AFP news agency.

“We have confirmation that the dead bodies of the eleven missing soldiers have been found, bringing the death toll to 28,” a source told AFP on Wednesday.

An army spokesman on Thursday confirmed the toll has risen to 28, Reuters news agency reported.

Later on Thursday,

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