Authorities on Thursday said they had arrested 10 people in connection with attacks in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, most of them charged with providing help and shelter to the jihadists who carried out the attacks.
Burkina Faso’s interior minister Simon Compaore announced that a prosecutor had been named to further investigate. Thirty-nine other people who were arrested for the attacks have since been acquitted because of lack of evidence
In January attack on Burkina Faso’s capital targeted a restaurant and hotel, leaving 30 dead. In March, jihadists attacked a beach in Ivory Coast leaving at least 19 dead.
Compaore said three of the 10 suspects are directly implicated while the other seven are accused of helping the jihadists. He said some of the suspects provided heavy drugs to the suicide bombers.