FRENCH FORCES FOR BURKINA FASO TO FIGHT AL-QAEDA ATTACKS IN WEST AFRICA

France has said it would deploy a para-military police force in the capital of Burkina Faso to react quickly in the event of new attacks by Islamist militants in West Africa.

French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, announced this on a visit to Abidjan to show France’s support for Ivory Coast.

France has about 3,500 troops to combat militants across the Sahel region.

Its operation Bar-Khane succeeded operation serval, launched in 2013 ousted extremists from Northern Mali.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) which carried out the assault in Ivory Coast, has threatened France and its allies in Mali.

The Al-Qaeda linked group has also claimed two other similar attacks – an assault on a cafe and a hotel in Burkina Faso in January that killed 30 people, and a hostage siege at a hotel in Mali in November that left 30 dead.

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