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World After the Burkina, new incident on the French convoy road in Niger

16:10  27 november  2021
16:10  27 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Niger: about twenty civilians killed during an attack in the northwestern country

 Niger: about twenty civilians killed during an attack in the northwestern country © Issouf Sanogo / AFP Nigerian soldiers patrol in the region of Ayorou, northwest of Niamey, Niger (photo archive). In Niger, terrorists hit Bakorat, west of Tillia Prefecture in the North of Tahoua area. Jihadists with motorbikes burst Tuesday at the beginning of the afternoon, in a nomadic camp kept by young people from the vigilance committee. About twenty civilians were killed. Defense forces are parties to their kits.

Un véhicule blindé d'un convoi militaire français bloqué à Kaya, le 20 novembre 2021 au Burkina Faso © Olympia de Maismont A shielded vehicle of a French military convoy blocked in Kaya, November 20, 2021 in Burkina Faso

the French military convoy Party of coast of ivory and going to Gao, Mali, by transiting by Burkina Faso and Niger, again blocked by demonstrators on Saturday in the Nigerian city of Tera (West) but has since taken back the road, learned L AFP to the staff.

The convoy of nearly a hundred vehicles had already been blocked in Burkina for more than a week as a result of anti-French events. After negotiations with the organizers of these events, he had been able to resume his way for Niger where he arrived on Friday.

Burkina Faso: a French military convoy blocked at the entrance of the city of Kaya

 Burkina Faso: a French military convoy blocked at the entrance of the city of Kaya © Michele Cattani / AFP A French military convoy in a rural area north of Burkina. (Drawing). From Thursday evening November 18, young people in the city of Kaya, in the North Central region, demonstrate to request the departure of the French troops of Burkina. They refuse to pass a French military convoy that must join Niger. These vehicles had already been blocked in Bobo and Ouagadougou. And the situation in Kaya, is for the deadlock. Kaya had never seen that again.

"The convoy stopped last night in Tera. This morning, when they wanted to resume their progress towards Niamey (200 km away, NDR), they were arrested by a thousand protesters and a violent group among them Attempted to seize trucks, "detailed the spokesman for the French staff, Colonel Pascal Ianni.

"The Nigerian security forces were on site and managed to keep the protesters away from the convoy with tear gas," he explained. But after a moment of calm, "around 10:30, the tension is rising in the thousand protesters. The Nigerian gendarmes and the French soldiers carried out summons", continued the spokesperson.

The convoy was finally able to leave will tear at midday and resume its progress towards Niamey. "We take all the precautions to secure the convoy and avoid tensions", assured Colonel Ianni, by firmly dismiting "false information" circulating on social networks that the French army killed dozens of Nigerian civilians in Tera .

Burkina Faso: The still French military convoy blocked at the entrance of Kaya, the situation speaks

 Burkina Faso: The still French military convoy blocked at the entrance of Kaya, the situation speaks © Olympia of Maismont / AFP Soldiers Burkinabe patrolt near a grumbled zone where the French soldiers were removed from the 20th of November 2021. The convoy of the French army is preparing to spend a third night in Kaya, a hundred kilometers from the city. After the failure of the mediation of the administrative authorities and politicians, French soldiers had to make summons to push the protesters. with our correspondent in Ouagadougou, Yaya BOUDANI "The French army will retreat.

Le président du Niger, Mohamed Bazoum (d), et le président français Emmanuel Macron, le 12 novembre 2021 à l'Elysée, à Paris © Ludovic Marin The President of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum (D), and the French President Emmanuel Macron, on November 12, 2021 in the Elysee, in Paris

Critics with regard to the French military presence multiply in Niger , in Mali and Burkina Faso.

has been entering Burkinabe last week, the convoy was slowed down in its progression by protesters in Bobo Dioulasso (South-West), in the capital Ouagadougou (center) and then in Kaya, a hundred km in the northeast of the capital. Four protesters had been injured by bullet in indeterminate circumstances.

Several protesters accused French soldiers from carrying weapons for jihadist groups who have been terrorizing for years several countries of the Sahel and are fought on the ground by the French army as part of Operation Barkhane.

In this tense context, the president of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, expressed on Friday night his "gratitude" towards France, of which he greeted "the sacrifices" in the countries of the Sahel.

Paris undertook in June to reorganize its military mechanism against jihadists in the Sahel, leaving, in particular, leaving the most northern basis of Mali (Kidal, Timbuktu and Tessalit) and planning to reduce its workforce in the region of here 2023 to 2,500-3,000 men, against more than 5,000 today.

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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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