Burkina Faso forces kill 146 extremists after civilian attack

Extremists have increased attacks in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region, also shifting to the forested east near the Niger border. (File/AFP)
Updated 05 February 2019

Burkina Faso forces kill 146 extremists after civilian attack

  • The combined operations killed 146 extremists fleeing to Mali
  • Extremists have increased attacks in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region, also shifting to the forested east near the Niger border

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso’s commander general says armed forces have killed 146 extremists in three counterattack operations in the northwest near its border with Mali.
Gen. Moise Minoungou spoke on National Television late Monday saying armed men entered Kain village early Monday and killed 14 men and women. He said Burkina Faso’s army responded by fighting in Kain, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Ouahigouya in the north Yatenga province. With air support it also fought in Bahn in the north region and Bomboro in the Boucle du Mouhon region.
He said the combined operations killed 146 extremists fleeing to Mali.
Extremists have increased attacks in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region, also shifting to the forested east near the Niger border.
Burkina Faso is part of the G5 Sahel regional counterterror force.


Dozen Burkina troops killed in ‘major terrorist attack’: army

Updated 4 min ago

Dozen Burkina troops killed in ‘major terrorist attack’: army

  • With other soldiers still missing, the death toll could hit 20 dead
  • Burkina Faso has been battling a rising wave of extremist violence over the last four years which began in the north but has since spread to the east

OUAGADOUGOU: More than a dozen soldiers died on Monday during a “major attack” by “terrorist armed groups” in northern Burkina Faso, the army said.
With other soldiers still missing, the death toll could hit 20 dead, several security sources said.
“In the early morning, the military detachment of the Koutougou department in Soum province was the target of an attack,” said a statement from the general staff.
“A provisional report states that more than a dozen soldiers were killed, and several were wounded.”
The poor Sahel state of Burkina Faso has been battling a rising wave of extremist violence over the last four years which began in the north but has since spread to the east, near the border with Togo and Benin.
The heaviest Islamist attack against Burkina’s army to date left 12 soldiers dead at Nassoumbou, also in Soum province, in December 2016.
More than 40 extremists aboard pickup trucks and on motorcycles laid assault to a military post close to the Mali border.
Overnight Thursday to Friday armed men described as extremists raided a village in the restive north, killing 15 people, plundering and burning shops, a regional governor said.
Most attacks in the former French colony are attributed to the Ansarul Islam group, which emerged near the Mali border in December 2016, and to the JNIM (Group to Support Islam and Muslims), which has sworn allegiance to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
Those groups are believed to be responsible for around 500 deaths since 2015. Burkina’s capital Ouagadougou has been attacked three times.