Burkinabé government says dozens of jihadists killed in 4-nation military operation

Burkina Faso's government says it has killed dozens of "terrorists" and arrested hundreds of suspects in joint operations along its borders with neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Togo.

Since the last week of November 2021, approximately 6,000 soldiers from all four countries are part of a joint operation against jihadists in a mission dubbed "Goundalgou 4."

Speaking on Tuesday, Burkinabé security minister Maxime Kone said that following joint patrols, lockdowns and searches of specific areas, the troops "arrested 300 suspects, several of them wanted."

Firearms, large quantities of ammunition and almost 150 vehicles and motorbikes, as well as significant quantities of narcotics, were reportedly seized.

In Burkina Faso itself, Kone said five "terrorist bases" were destroyed and "around 30 terrorists neutralised in clashes" near the border with Côte d'Ivoire.

Burkina Faso mounted three similar operations in conjunction with its neighbours in 2018-2019, "in areas facing the emergence of armed terrorist groups like Boko Haram, the Group to Support Islam and Muslims and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara," Kone added.

Jihadist attacks have grown increasingly regular and deadly in Burkina Faso since 2015.

At least nine gendarmes and around 10 civilians were killed on 21 November in an attack blamed on jihadists.

A week prior, at least 57 people, 53 of them gendarmes, were killed in an attack on a police post in the North of the country.

Published/Updated on 01/12/2021