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EU solidarity with Burkinians

The European External Action Service expressed solidarity with the government of Burkina Faso and Burkinians in the wake of the terrorist attack on French Embassy in Ouagadougou targeting French Embassy, and Institute.

“The European Union expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims, and its full solidarity with the Government and all Burkinabe people” – says the text of the statement. “Our determination to support Burkina Faso as well as the states of the region in their fight against terrorism, at the national level as well as in the framework of the G5 Sahel and its joint force, remain unresolved, as emphasized on February 23 at the Conference. for the Sahel in Brussels. Faced with this common challenge, we remain united to meet them together.”

The information about the tall of the attack differs: the reports quote from 7 up to 28 dead and around 50 injured. At the moment there is no official confirmation from the behalf of French officials.

However the other channels reported 28 dead and 50 wounded as a result of multiple attacks in the capital, conducted simultaneously.

Burkina Faso: French Embassy under attack

Diplomatis confirm assault at French Embassy and  Institute in Burkina Faso capital . The vehicles stationed next to the buildings are still in flames.

The “terrorist attack” has stricken Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, France’s ambassador to West Africa’s Sahel region said after an explosion hit the army headquarters there and witnesses reported seeing masked gunmen storming the building.

An armed attack is underway in downtown Ouagadougou near the prime minister’s office and UN roundabout, says the Burkina Faso Police.

Burkina Faso police director general says capital is being attacked by suspected Islamic extremists. Gunshots have been intermittent and helicopters are now flying near the embassy.

According to witnesses gunmen stepped out of the car, shooting pedestrians passing by, and then rushed to the Embassy building, there are military helicopters and army units, protecting the buildings, AFP correspondent reports.

Mali: EU condolences to MINUSMA

Yesterday, the MINUSMA peacekeepers in Mali were again under attack, causing casualties and injuries. The day before, the Malian armed forces also lost men in the center of the country.

These attacks against the peacekeeping forces and the protection of the citizens of Mali against terrorism are aimed at preventing peace in Mali.

The EU extends its condolences to the families of the victims, the Government of Mali and the United Nation, and wishes a speedy recovery of the injured.

The European Union also remains firmly committed, together with the international community, to supporting the efforts of the Sahel G5 countries in the fight against terrorism and for peace, security and development in the region, as reaffirmed on 23 February by representatives of more than 60 countries and international organizations during the International High Level Conference on the Sahel in Brussels.

African states purchase Russian military equipment

Numerous African states seek to pursue military and technical cooperation with Russia and purchase new generation of weapon systems, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Africa Department Andrei Kemarsky told TASS news agency.

“The armed forces of many African countries were established in the Soviet period with the active support of our country. The armament and military hardware they operate are of Soviet or Russian origin. In this regard, they objectively retain interested in maintaining this hardware in an operational state, renewing it and acquiring some new weapon systems,” the Russian diplomat said.

“Besides the African countries view the development of cooperation in the military and technical sphere as an instrument of ensuring their sovereignty, independence and countering the pressure of Western countries and providing security, including amid the struggle against terrorism challenges,” Kemarsky continued.

“The threat of terrorism in some African regions has been at intensified, also as a result of the Western countries’ military intervention in Libya, from which radical ideas, extremism and terrorism are spreading today, first of all, to the Sahara-Sahel region,” Russian diplomat added.


EU supports counter-terrorism in Mali

Mali was once again the target of terrorist violence. Nearly 30 Malian and Burkinabe citizens, including several women and children, were killed on their way to Boni fair in the center of the country. On the same day, several attacks against the Malian security forces cost the lives of several people.

“The European Union expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and reiterates its solidarity with the peoples of Mali and Burkina Faso. We remain firmly committed to supporting the efforts of Mali and G5 Sahel in the fight against the terrorist threat and in the stabilization of the Sahel”- says the text of the statement of the European External Action Service, commenting on the terrorist act in Mali.

Image:  illustration – Mali women

Libya pipeline blast

Armed men exploded a pipeline pumping crude oil to Es Sider port, cutting Libya’s output by up to 100,000 barrels per day (bpd), military and industry sources claimed.

The state-run National Oil Corporation (NOC) said in statement output had been reduced by 70,000-100,000 bpd. The cause of the blast was unclear, it added.

The attackers arrived at the site near Marada in two cars and planted explosives on the pipeline, a military source said.

Pictures purportedly showing a huge cloud from the blast in central eastern Libya circulated on social media.

The damage was still being assessed, one oil source said. Oil prices rose on the report.

Islamic State fighters had a presence in the area until government forces expelled them from their main stronghold in Sirte a year ago.

The operator of the pipeline is Waha, a subsidiary of the NOC and a joint venture with Hess Corp, Marathon Oil Corp and ConocoPhillips.

Russia to joint anti-terrorism efforts in Sahel

Moscow has begun to assist the law enforcement agencies of the Sahel countries,  recently forming joint military forces to counter terrorism and organized crime, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said at the UN Security Council’s meeting.

According to the Russian diplomat, Moscow welcomes the establishment of a special counter-terrorism force of the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel, consisting of Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Chad), which has been approved by a UN Security Council Resolution.

“We believe that this is an appropriate response to the regional challenges based on the ‘African solutions to the African problems’ principle. We are confident that this is the only way to ensure sustainable peace in Africa,” the Russian permanent representative underlined.

“…In era of globalization, terrorism has gone global,” and the threat “can only be eliminated through the establishment of a broad front, which is what Russia has been calling for” – Nebenzya added. “Besides, our country has begun to assist the law enforcement agencies of the Sahel countries, and we intend to continue such cooperation because building the capacities of national armed forces is important for enhancing the effectiveness of the G5 Sahel joint forces,” the Russian UN ambassador pointed out.

“There is a concern over the situation in the Sahara and Sahel region,” which had been facing the threat of terrorism, and “transnational issues, which particularly include drug and arms trafficking, separatist tendencies, conflicts, as well as humanitarian, social and economic difficulties, further destabilize the situation” Russia’s permanent representative to the UN added that the NATO-backed overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya had catalyzed instability in the region.



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