French Embassy in Burkina Faso attacked by jihadist terrorists

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A terrorist attack on the French Embassy in Burkina Faso on Friday, March 3, believed to be targeting the anti-terror force G5-Sahel has killed dozens.

A jihadist terror attack on the French Embassy in Burkina Faso claimed dozens of lives on Friday, March 3. There were two attacks, with one on the French Embassy in Burkina Faso and an assault on the military headquarters of Burkina Faso, which was a meeting for regional anti-jihadist forces talks. These coordinated attacks mark an ongoing struggle of West African nations to contain the continual onslaught of jihadist terrorism.

According to the Burkina Faso government, the attack on the military was a suicide car bombing. A planned meeting of the G5 Sahel regional anti-terrorism force may have been the target of the terrorist attack. There were officials from Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger present, as they are the countries represented in the G5.These five countries have launched a joint military force to combat the growing threat of jihadists in the southern Saharan region.
80 people were wounded, and eight members of the Armed Forces were killed in the combined body and injury count of the combined, coordinated attacks on Burkina Faso, according to Security Minister Clement Sawadogo. The eight attackers of the combined Jihadist attacks were shot dead.
Clement Sawadogo, Burkina Faso, Terrorism

Security Minister Clement Sawadago addressing the media following the terror attack Friday. Image Credit: faso24.com

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore stated, “Our country was once again the target of dark forces.” According to witnesses, five men who are armed got out of the car and opened fire on people passing by before they began to head towards the French Embassy.

The G5 forces will be comprised of approximately 5,000 soldiers, which will be fully operational by the end of March. The French army will back these forces with additional deployments of soldiers. France has so far deployed 4,000 troops to support the G5 joint force.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) declared that some of its members were involved in the terrorist attacks. France 24 said, “Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Murabitoun group, which was led by the one-eyed Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar.”
 
Burkina Faso’s Information Minister, Remis Fulgance Dandjinou described the essence of the attack as having “strong overtones of terrorism.”

There has been an interim United Nations report by the AFP that has warned about the growing threat of jihadist him as ideology and the hottest terrorism. The various insurgencies in the region have caused thousands of deaths in addition to making tens of thousands of people flee their homes. This has continued to deal harsh “blows” to the economy of some of the poorest people in the world.

 
References
 
France 24. (2018, February 22). Video: What is the G5 Sahel joint military force?. Retrieved from http://www.france24.com/en/video/20180222-video-what-g5-sahel-joint-military-force.
 
France 24. (March 3). Burkina Faso attacks may have targeted G5 Sahel anti-terrorism talks, govt says. Retrieved from http://www.france24.com/en/20180303-french-embassy-army-attack-burkina-faso-ouagadougou-target-g5-sahel-antiterror-jihad.
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