The armies of Burkina Faso and Niger have killed an unknown number of militants in joint operations, local media has reported.
The attack comes a week after Burkina Faso’s parliament approved the deployment of troops to Niger in order to fight the Islamist uprising along the countries’ common border.
Burkina Faso’s state-owned RTB TV channel said on Sunday that raids where launched after troops spotted “a column of terrorists” leaving Niger for Burkina Faso.
Joint forces “neutralised these attackers in pairs on 100 motorbikes and destroyed most of their logistics” in eastern Burkina Faso’s Kantchari area, the channel added.
Earier this month, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali established a defence pact, named the Alliance of Sahel States, in a bid to support each other against any armed rebellion or external aggression. – BBC.