More than 17 soldiers in Niger were killed and 11 went missing in an ambush close to Mali border, a government spokesman said.
The offensive was launched near the town of Tongo Tongo, where fighters from an Islamic State affiliate previously killed four U.S. special forces and four Nigerien soldiers.
“…The governments of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad – member states of the G5 Sahel, a regional organization for security cooperation created in 2014 – are having great difficulty in facing the progressive spread of jihadist violence and the strengthening of criminal trafficking networks”, Ph.D Camillo Casola writes.
G5 Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger– are expected to have a meeting in Brussels next week to enhance security and military cooperation with the EU amid intensified attacks of Islamic terrorists.
Four hostages have been rescued by the military in Burkina Faso, the Ministry of foreign affairs of France informed in a communique.
Two French, one American woman and one South Korean woman.
It is with profound sadness that the government informed about the death of two French soldiers were slain during the operation. Four kidnappers were also neutralized.
The French hostages had been kidnapped in neighboring Benin on 1 May.
The two soldiers who were killed during the rescue were named as Cédric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello, described by officials as belonging to a special operations unit.
The French military posted photos of the soldiers on social media.
Burkina Faso has suffered more than 230 attacks in just over three years. In April more than 60 people died in ethnic clashes fueled by Islamic radicals attempting to gain control over Sahel.
A corpse of the guide for two French tourists who went missing on safari in Pendjari parc in Benin last week has been found in a burnt car, a local official and a regional security source said.
The fate of two French tourists, who failed to return to the lodge in the Pendjari National Park in northern Benin, is unknown, the sources said.
French mass media reported that they were believed to be kidnapped, citing unnamed regional sources.
France’s foreign affairs ministry could not confirm the information so far, though it has acknowledged that two nationals and their guide had been missing since May, 1. However they underlined they have advised against travelling to the area.
The relevant authorities in Benin and neighbouring Burkina Faso, where the sources say the car was found, declined to comment.
In March 2009 the park was nominated as a tentative site for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site program, and in July 2017 it was officially inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of a transnational extension of the W-Arly-Pendjari Complex. Stretching across three countries, W-Arly-Pendjari Complex is the largest and most important continuum of terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic ecosystems in the West African savanna belt.
Today, in the margins of the European Development Days, Commissioner Mimica signed new support for Burkina Faso, together with President Kaboré.
“Today I have signed in the presence of the President Kaboré of Burkina Faso aid package of 50 million euro to support the efforts in security and development of the North of the country” – Neven Mimica, the European Commissioner said.
This week Burkina Faso was celebrated as a country abandoning capital penalty.
Burkina Faso security forces neutralised three suspected terrorists and arrested one more on Tuesday (22/05/2017) morning in an operation on the outskirts of the capital Ouagadougou, state television reported.
One policeman was killed in the fighting in the Rayongo neighborhood, while five people, including one civilian, were injured, the report said.
Burkinian media reports the seizure of weapons, including explosives, while raiding the house of the presumed terrorist group.
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.
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.