July 25, 2024
Al-Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for June attack in Burkina Faso
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Al-Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for June attack in Burkina Faso

On Sunday, SITE Intelligence Group quoted a JNIM statement as saying that five days ago “fighters stormed a military post in the town, where they killed 107 soldiers and took control of the site”.

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Several videos shared online by JNIM showed raging gunfire around the army base. Another video showed a display of ammunition and dozens of weapons, and at least seven captured Burkina Faso soldiers.

June’s reported attack has been one of the deadliest suffered by the West African Sahel nation’s army.

Ulf Laessing, head of the Sahel programme at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, said the government is trying to fight the armed groups but has not recruited professional soldiers to do so.