Burkina Faso’s President Mark Roch said his country would fight and defeat militants despite being hit by Islamist insurgents in the capital last week in an attack which 8 people were killed and dozens wounded.
Roche was joined by the presidents of neighboring Togo and Niger in a show of solidarity with each other and with former colonial master France, whose forces intervened five years ago to stop militants taking over neighboring Mali.
“The fight against terrorism is a long one and in this combat no sacrifice will be too high in the defense of our fatherland,” Marc Roch said.
An al Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility on Saturday for the attacks on the army headquarters and French embassy in Ouagadougou that also killed eight gunmen.
“Recent events have shaken the Burkinabe people, but I assure you they will remain standing and end terrorism no matter what,” Roch added.
The double assault highlighted the growing risk from jihadists in the Sahel five years after the French intervention.