The anti-jihadist struggle in the Sahel affects Côte d’Ivoire. Since the beginning of the month, an anti-terrorist operation has been underway in the north of the country, in collaboration with the forces of Burkina Faso. Côte d’Ivoire was hit in the heart in March 2016 during the attack on the historic city of Grand-Bassam, near Abidjan. This first joint initiative with the army of neighboring Burkina Faso has one objective: to dislodge jihadist fighters from Ivorian territory.
With our correspondent in Abidjan, Sidy Yansane
” A first operation, but not the last! This is the promise of General Moïse Miningou, chief of staff of the Burkinabé army. The officer says he is satisfied ” tangible results “Obtained through the” Comoé “operation, named after the river that crosses the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.
Launched in northern Ivory Coast in early May, the joint military action, still underway, took place on the border between the two countries, near the village of Sangopari, northeast of the city of Ferkéssédougou.
Jihadists caught in the vice
Fighters spotted for over a year jihadists operating in Burkina had found refuge in the area. It was precisely to dislodge them that the armies of the two countries decided to take them in a vice. According to the Ivorian chief of staff, General Lassina Doumbia, union with neighboring Burkina Faso is necessary to counter the armed terrorist groups, which manage to unite.
The military has not detailed the “tangible results” touted by the Burkinabé army, but a security source says that weapons have been seized. A soldier from Burkina Faso, injured during the expedition, is hospitalized in Korhogo, a large city in northern Ivorian.
The military initiative is not entirely successful. A Kong Gendarmerie squadron chief told a civilian about the operation, which ” without a doubt “Allowed the escape of some jihadists, according to a source familiar with the matter. The gendarme has been locked up since then.