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France to deploy military force in Burkina Faso over attacks

France to deploy military force in Burkina Faso over attacks

France has said it will deploy a paramilitary force to be stationed in Burkina Faso in the event of fresh attacks by Islamic militants.

This is in the wake of terrorist attacks in the West African region which has witnessed the killings of locals and foreigners especially in hotels and resort centres.

Bernard Cazeneuve, the French Interior Minister made the announcement on a visit to Abidjan to show France’s support for Ivory Coast. He was joined by Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

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While on their visit to Ivory Coast, the pair visited wounded victims from Sunday’s attack on Grand-Bassam resort which left at least 16 people dead.

“The desire to position this (gendarmerie) team in Ouagadougou is to enable us to immediately dispense advice and co-ordinate other actions in the event of a terrorist crisis,” Mr Cazeneuve said.
The jihadist attack at the resort was the first attack in Ivory Coast and the third in the West African region since November last year.

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