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World French military denies injuring protesters in Burkina Faso

19:01  22 november  2021
19:01  22 november  2021 Source:   msn.com

Mortal Attack Against a Gendarmerie Detachment in Northern Burkina Faso

 Mortal Attack Against a Gendarmerie Detachment in Northern Burkina Faso © Olympia of police officers patrol at a gathering against the degradation of the security situation related to Jihadist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, On July 3, 2021. According to a temporary assessment, at least 19 Burkinabe gendarmes and a civilian died in an armed attack in the three border region, Burkina Faso. The authorities announced to be looking for survivors and attackers in this area where Burkina Faso fights Islamist activists.

KAYA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The French military has denied injuring civilians in Burkina Faso when firing warning shots to disperse protesters who had blocked one of its military convoys.

A Burkinabe soldier walks past a French Armoured Personnel Carrier part of a French military convoy heading to Niger, stopped by protesters in Kaya, Burkina Faso, Saturday Nov. 20, 2021. Residents of the city have blocked the roads to protest about the lack of security, and are not allowing a French military convoy to continue. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick) © Provided by Associated Press A Burkinabe soldier walks past a French Armoured Personnel Carrier part of a French military convoy heading to Niger, stopped by protesters in Kaya, Burkina Faso, Saturday Nov. 20, 2021. Residents of the city have blocked the roads to protest about the lack of security, and are not allowing a French military convoy to continue. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Amid an increase in Islamic extremist violence in Burkina Faso, tensions have increased. Many people in Burkina Faso are angry that the former colonial power is not doing more to protect them in the West African country’s five-year fight against jihadists linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, which has left thousands dead and displaced more than 1.4 million people.

Burkina Faso: manifestation on the degraded security situation after the attack of INATA

 Burkina Faso: manifestation on the degraded security situation after the attack of INATA © AFP Photo / SIA Kambou The protesters have shouted their anger in the face of the recurrence of terrorist attacks and their macabre balance sheet. Here, seen from the city center of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. This is the continuation of the Inata Gendarmerie detachment attack, in the province of Soum last Sunday, which officially made 32 dead according to a temporary assessment.

This came to a head when a French military convoy was stopped in the central city of Kaya as it headed to the neighboring country of Niger. A crowd surrounded the convoy refusing to let it move. The convoy has been able to move about 20 miles south of Kaya but remained blocked there Monday, making it five days that it has been forced to remain in the Kaya area.

Several witnesses said at least three people were injured when French soldiers tried to disperse the crowds on Saturday by firing warning shots into the ground, hitting three people in the legs.

The protesters were trying to cut through a barrier where about a convoy of 90 trucks guarded by approximately 100 French soldiers had pulled off to the side of the main road, said witnesses. The French forces responded by firing warning shots into the air, Pascal Ianni spokesman for the chief of defense for the French armed forces told The Associated Press.

North of Burkina: 53 deaths in the Sunday attack against gendarmes (new assessment)

 North of Burkina: 53 deaths in the Sunday attack against gendarmes (new assessment) © Issouf Sanogo Gendarmes in Burkina Faso, in 2018 At least 49 gendarmes and four civilians were killed during the attack Perpetrated Sunday by alleged jihadists against a detachment from Inata Gendarmerie, in northern Burkina Faso, according to a new balance sheet communicated by the government spokesman on Wednesday. "We can establish the following balance sheet: 49 deceased gendarmes, 4 civilians (killed).

“We just confirm that there were no wounded people and that the warning shots did not cause injuries to the protesters,” he said. People might have been wounded because of the movement within the protest or because of Burkina Faso’s security forces, he said, which were acting as a buffer between the French soldiers and the population.

But three witnesses told AP that the army first shot in the air and then toward the ground so that people would run away.

Burkina Faso’s military did not respond to requests for comment. Burkina Faso's security forces did not fire their weapons, according to one soldier who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The blockade of the French military convoy is the latest in a series of protests that began in June and increased last week after at least 53 people, including 49 gendarmes and 4 civilians, were killed in the Sahel region’s Soum province, the deadliest single attack on the security forces in years.

Death toll from Burkina Faso attack rises to 53

  Death toll from Burkina Faso attack rises to 53 The death toll from a weekend attack by suspected jihadists on a gendarmerie in northern Burkina Faso has risen to 53, the government said Wednesday. The attack was one of the deadliest to hit the West African country's defence and security forces since jihadist violence erupted six years ago. Gunmen travelling on pick-up trucks and motorcycles attacked the Inata gendarmerie near the Malian border before dawn on Sunday, leading to drawn-out clashes, a security source on the same day said.On Monday the death toll was reported as 32.But government spokesman Ousseni Tamboura said Wednesday that a total of 53 people were killed, 49 gendarmes and four civilians.

Earlier this month Burkina Faso's opposition parties gave the president a one-month ultimatum to bring the country's security under control or it would organize protests to demand his resignation. A protest is scheduled for Nov. 27.

More than 30 French military convoys have traveled from neighboring Ivory Coast to Niger via Burkina Faso. This is the first time a convoy has been blocked for several days, said Ianni. He attributes the unprecedented unrest to the recent attack in the Sahel region and says the problem facing the country is not due to French forces but is a global threat of terrorism.

“We don't want to create a major issue with the Burkinabe population and we just want to say that we are in (the) Sahel (region) to fight terrorist groups and to protect (the) population not to fight (the) civilian population,” he said.

“We’re fed up with the French,” said protester Mahamadi Sawadogo. “They’re there with weapons, (but) jihadists have heavy weapons and kill us and kill us.

There is growing discontent in Burkina Faso over the extremist violence, Andrew Lebovich, a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, told AP.

“The ongoing and worsening insecurity is leading to fairly widespread discontent that is impacting the government, and is likely to get worse,” he said.

Niger-A French military convoy blocked, at least two dead .
Niger-France /: Niger-a French military convoy blocked, at least two dead by Boueima Balima and John Irish Paris, 27 November (Reuters) - at least 27 November Two people were killed and sixteen wounded Saturday in Western Niger during clashes between protesters and a French military convoy from Burkina Faso that protesters were trying to block, announced local authorities.

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