The armed forces of Burkina Faso and Niger claimed to have killed a hundred « terrorists » during a joint operation carried out from November 25 to December 9, on the border between these two countries, which face recurrent jihadist attacks.
The different actions have allowed « neutralizing a hundred terrorists » and « apprehending about twenty suspicious individuals », explain the two headquarters in a statement. Four Burkinabe soldiers were also killed during the operation in an IED explosion in eastern Burkina Faso, they said. 13 soldiers from both countries were injured, Afp reported.
« For this operation, the national armed forces of Burkina Faso and Niger have each deployed several ground units, » the headquarters said. « Surveillance and combat aircraft have also been mobilized on both sides to support the units involved » during this operation, whose command post is in Tillabéri, in western Niger.
The operation also made it possible to dismantle « two terrorist bases » in the area of Yeritagui (eastern Burkina) and Kokoloukou (western Niger), according to the two armies, which announced that they had seized weapons, ammunition and improvised explosive devices.
Western Niger and eastern Burkina Faso are, along with southern Mali, at the heart of the so-called three-border zone, the scene of regular and deadly jihadist attacks. These attacks, attributed to jihadist groups affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, have killed several hundred people in both countries and caused many to flee their homes.