Al Qaeda Affiliate JNIM Claims Deadly Attack on 100 Burkina Faso Soldiers Near Niger Border


DAKAR, June 16 (Reuters) – The Al Qaeda affiliate Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM) has claimed responsibility for a June 11 attack that reportedly killed over 100 Burkina Faso soldiers in the Mansila area, near the border with Niger, according to the SITE Intelligence Group on Sunday.

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A spokesman for Burkina Faso’s ruling junta has not responded to a Reuters request for comment on the incident in the area.

SITE cited a JNIM statement saying, “fighters stormed a military post in the town, where they killed 107 soldiers and took control of the site.”

Several videos shared online by the insurgents showed intense gunfire around the army base. Another video displayed dozens of weapons and ammunition, as well as at least seven Burkina Faso soldiers captured by the insurgents. Reuters has not authenticated these videos.

The reported attack is one of the deadliest suffered by the West African Sahel nation’s army. Burkina Faso, along with its neighbors Niger and Mali, is struggling to contain insurgencies linked to Al Qaeda and Islamic State.

Over the past decade, these insurgencies have killed thousands and displaced over two million people in Burkina Faso. The unrest is threatening regional stability as insurgents, who control large territories in Burkina Faso and Mali, use these areas as bases to target southern coastal countries.

By Naija247news
By Naija247news
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