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Joint military operation by Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso kills 8 suspected terrorists

Joint military operation by Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso kills 8 suspected terrorists

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<p><strong>Eight suspected terrorists were killed and 38 captured in a joint operation by forces from Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast near the countries’ border.</strong></p> <p>Twenty-four men caught in Burkina Faso and 14 in Ivory Coast were handed to intelligence services, a source at Ivorian army headquarters said.</p> <p>A “terrorist base” was destroyed at Alidougou in Burkina Faso, the source said.</p> <p>The operation also seized arms, ammunition, <span class="caps">USB</span> keys and mobile phones, he said.</p> <p>Operation “Comoe”, named after a river that flows through the two countries, was launched in early May, the source said.</p> <p>He praised the “perfect co-ordination between the two armies”.</p> <p>This joint operation, described on Saturday by the armies’ commanders as the first of its kind, took place north-east of the Ivorian town of Ferkessedougou and south of Banfora in Burkina Faso.</p> <p>On Saturday, a source from Burkina Faso security said the entire operation had been carried out in Ivory Coast.</p> <p>Locals said the fighting took place around the villages of Tinadalla and Diambeh, in the north-east of Ivory Coast, and that there was a considerable military presence.</p> <p>A villager from Tindalla said strangers had been in the zone for more than a month, coming and going across the border with Burkina Faso.</p> <p>The Ivorian army source said on Sunday that “no terrorist base exists on Ivorian territory that may have served as a zone of refuge during previous offensives” by the Burkina Faso army.</p> <p>A Burkina Faso military source said that one of its soldiers had been wounded and taken to hospital in Korhogo, in northern Ivory Coast.</p> <p>The presence of militants to the north of Ivory Coast’s Comoe national park was detected more than a year ago.</p> <p>Security sources say they are extremists operating in Burkina Faso and sheltering in the neighbouring country.</p> <p>Terrorist violence in Burkina Faso has claimed nearly 900 lives since 2015.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AFP</span></em></strong></p>