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Burkina Faso repels massive terrorist attack: Over 400 insurgents neutralized in Djibo operation

Tuesday, 28 November 2023 17:59
Burkina Faso repels massive terrorist attack: Over 400 insurgents neutralized in Djibo operation

(Ecofin Agency) - Terrorist threats have intensified in the tri-border areas between Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso in recent weeks. Over the past week, armed groups carried out attacks in Burkina Faso's Center-East and Center-North regions.

In response to a terrorist attack on the city of Djibo, Burkina Faso, the army reportedly killed more than 400 terrorists, as announced by the Burkinabe presidency in a briefing on Monday, November 27.

"The city of Djibo was the target of a massive attack yesterday evening. Carried out by over 3,000 terrorists, the offensive encountered fierce resistance from our brave fighters, who quickly gained the upper hand, forcing the enemy to flee," the statement reads.

According to the presidency, several hundred attackers were neutralized by aerial forces. "Pending the final assessment, the sweeping operation and tracking of the fleeing enemy continue,” authorities said. Additional information from the national TV channel revealed that the terrorists aimed to seize the city and the military camp in Djibo.

The government's information service (SIG) disclosed that this attack had been monitored at its source by intelligence services, which, in the past week, intercepted "a significant attack on an important target by the defeated terrorists in Mali, reinforcing the group operating in Burkina."

Facing jihadist assaults, the Burkinabe army has undertaken a comprehensive offensive in recent months to reclaim regions still under the control of terrorist groups. On November 20, the Burkinabe army announced the destruction of a major terrorist base in the town of Kongloré, in the Center-East, following intense strikes.

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