- The Burkinabe army said that Burkina Faso’s armed forces killed about 100 militants in a joint operation with Niger.
- The operation involved hundreds of troops deployed on both sides of the border.
The Burkinabe army said that Burkina Faso’s armed forces killed about 100 militants in a joint operation with Niger between Nov. 25 and Dec. 9 in the two countries’ border zone.
An army statement said that the operation involved hundreds of troops deployed on both sides of the border. It added that they arrested about 20 suspects, seized guns and hundreds of motorcycles, and destroyed about 15 improvised explosive devices.
Islamist militants attached to al Qaeda and Islamic State are swinging an insurgency in Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali, killing thousands of civilians and displacing around two million in the last few years.
The insurgents have inflicted casualties on the region’s armies. It killed 53 people at a gendarmerie post in Burkina Faso last month in years’ worst strike on security forces. Since then, more soldiers have been killed every week in scattered attacks.
In June, the last operation was the second phase of a joint offensive with Niger called “Taanli.”
Four Burkinabe soldiers were being killed, and nine others were wounded in the operation when they hit an improvised explosive device in Komandjari province, stated in the statement.
Burkina Faso has announced a new cabinet late on Monday, following the appointment of a new prime minister on Dec. 10.
President Roch Kabore removed his last prime minister this month after the escalating security crisis led to street protests, with many people asking for his resignation.
Kabore had promised a tighter team would focus on the country’s security challenges. The cabinet has been reduced to a group of 26 from 34 previously.
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