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Ivory Coast’s defence minister, Hamed Bakayoko has revealed the capture of a top jihadist who led an attack against the military earlier this month.

Bakayoko said a large number of other militants had also been arrested in connection with the assault on the border post which claimed the lives of at least 10 soldiers.

Islamist activity were said to have intensified in the Sahel region in recent months, and there are fears it could spread southwards.