Northern Burkina Faso: A fertile ground for radicalisation and violent extremism?

Northern Burkina Faso: A fertile ground for radicalisation and violent extremism?

On January 15, 2016, Burkina Faso underwent a major jihadist attack. This attack carried out by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) killed 28 people and wounded about 50 civilians.1 The country still faces terrorist threats after several years. Despite the response and counter-offensive measures announced by the highest authorities, recurrent terrorist incursions continue. These incursions are particularly significant in the extreme north of the country where they target security services. Attacks on the Samorogouan police station2, the Koutougou police station 135 km from Djibo3, the Markoye customs post in Oudalan4 province or the terrorist attack in Bartiébougou5, can be cited as tangible examples.

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