BURKINA FASO: Terrorist Attack at a Military Base
On Friday, 16th of December, 12 soldiers, who were members of the army’s special anti-terrorist group, were killed in northern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali. The offenders were more than 40 heavily armed individuals who have not yet been identified. “They were heavily armed with Kalashnikovs and rocket-launchers, they opened fire at the depots, the tents and set fire to some of the vehicles”, Mohamed Dah, commissioner of Soum province, told AFP news.
The special anti-terrorist group at the Nassoumbou army base is part of a counterterrorism battalion that was established in January 2013 when France sent in troops during the “political chaos” in northern Mali, where a number of Islamist groups are active.
Before January 2016, terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso were rarely. In that month, fighters belonging to the terrorist group al-Qaeda killed 29 people in a hotel in the capital Ouagadougou. The Splendid Hotel was a popular meeting place for Western diplomats. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is organizing attacks from their base in the Sahara Desert between Mali, Niger and Algeria over the West African countries.
In case of Friday’s events, there is no immediate claim of responsibility until now. On a conference, the President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso wants to initiate moves regarding the attack and manifest: “This attack demonstrates that the fight against terrorism will be without respite and also underscores the necessary decisions that must be taken to give confidence and vitality to our army”.