Seven children killed in Togo bomb explosion

Seven children are reported to have been killed by an improvised bomb in Togo.

Witnesses said they were woken by a loud blast late on Saturday in the Savanes region, in the north of the country.

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“An investigation is ongoing to determine the circumstances of this explosion and identify the perpetrators,” the army is quoted as saying in a statement on Sunday.

Islamist militants linked to Islamic State and al-Qaeda have attacked numerous targets in a string of countries in the Sahel.

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The Togolese army has been on high alert following the country’s first deadly militant attack in May, when eight soldiers were killed near the border with Burkina Faso.

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Togo last month declared a state of emergency in its northern region following the attack.

Source: Myjoyonline


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