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Benin ‘at war with terrorism’ after 20 armed attacks

Benin has suffered about 20 attacks, according to the first official count of these attacks.

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The West African state of Benin, which is threatened by the spread of jihadist violence from the Sahel, has suffered about 20 attacks, according to the first official number of such attacks.

The country borders Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, where a years-long jihadist campaign has claimed thousands of lives and displaced more than two million people.

A message on Thursday on the government’s website said: “Nearly 20 or so attacks by armed groups against Benin, and the army has buried about 10 of its soldiers.”

The report was a report of a ceremony in the capital Cotonou for five soldiers killed in an attack in the north last month.

“There is no doubt anymore, Benin is at war with terrorism,” Vice President Mariam Chabi Talata told the ceremony, although the report did not mention the term jihadist.

In another attack this month in northern Togo, eight soldiers and 15 assailants were killed in what the Lome government called the country’s first deadly “terrorist” attack.

Benin’s first known fatal attack was last December, in which two soldiers were killed near the troubled border with Burkina.

The government responded by announcing increasing military deployment in the north to protect the border.

Armed attacks by jihadists linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) organization from troubled Sahel nations have also affected Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, reinforcing fears of a Sahel pressure to the Gulf of Guinea.


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Benin ‘at war with terrorism’ after 20 armed attacks

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