Armed bandits target civilian populations in possible IS resurgence, killing 236 in just a week near Mali border in Niger

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Motorcycle gunmen sprayed bullets at everything that moved in the villages of Intazayene, Bakorat, and Wistane Sunday in the 3-country area near Burkina Faso, said local officials noting that Islamic State jihadists have claimed responsibility for massacres in the area, adding 137 dead to the toll of earlier attacks.

The arid Tahoua region in western Niger butts against the Tillaberi river valley region in a border zone that has filled with Jihadists attracted by Islamist insurgencies in the 3 countries, explained a government spokesman on public television following the attacks.

Sunday marked the deadliest day in the region.

By Milan Sime Martinic

Iran’s Capital – Bombing Kills 13

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ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing, but they claim lots of attacks.

Gunmen, some reportedly dressed as women, but also wearing suicide vests, attacked the Tehran parliament building with guns. A standoff with police lasted hours.

6 attackers were killed, 5 arrested.

If ISIS was indeed responsible, it would be the first time their Sunni extremist group has successfully attacked Shia Iran, although they have been trying, reportedly. It is difficult for Sunni extremists to attack Iran because Iran is around 90% Shia, and Tehran is around 95% Shia, so there is not much of a reservoir of support for themthere.

ISIS would see an attack on Iran as a huge symbolic victory, according to analysts, as ISIS is against Iran like it’s against the U.S.

Iran blamed Saudi Arabia for the attack and vowed retaliation. The longstanding conflict between Middle East countries continues.