France Drone Attack: France launches drone attack on Niger, killing at least 40 jihadists, naming the campaign ‘Operation Barkhane’

France drone attack kills 40 jihadists

Frane Drone Attack in Niger: France has killed about 40 jihadists in a drone attack in Niger. They had created terror in the Sahel region.

France drone strikes (France Drone AttackEarlier this week, nearly 40 Islamic extremists were killed who were traveling on motorcycles near Niger’s border with Burkina Faso. The French army made this announcement on Thursday. According to a statement, the French Army (French Army) described it as a new strategic breakthrough in France’s counter-terrorism efforts in the Sahel region of Africa. France has named this anti-terrorist operation as Operation Barkhane.

“Intelligence received from units in Niger in contact with the (terrorists) contingent confirmed that these motorcycles belonged to an armed terrorist group operating between Burkina Faso and Niger,” the statement said. In coordination with the Armed Forces of Niger, Barkhane personnel carried out several attacks against the (terrorist) contingent, the statement said. About 40 terrorists have been killed in this action.

Extremist violence on the rise in the Sahel region

Extremist violence is increasing in the Sahel region. The Sahel region is a vast area south of the Sahara Desert, which includes Niger and other countries. Niger’s south-west neighbor Burkina Faso is battling rising jihadist attacks. Earlier on the 13th, it was reported that at least 55 people were killed by gunmen over the weekend in northern Burkina Faso. The authorities had given this information on Monday. Islamic extremists are being blamed for the increasing violence in Burkina Faso.

Government spokesman Vendkouni Joel Lionel Bilgo told a news conference that suspected militants targeted civilians in Setenga, Seno province, in the West African country. In Burkina Faso, nearly 5,000 people have been killed in violent incidents in the past two years. Apart from this, 20 lakh people have left their homes and the humanitarian crisis in the country has deepened. Mali and neighboring West African countries Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Chad created the G5 Sahel Force in 2014 to deal with terrorism in the Sahel, but it faced financial and political problems from the beginning, and by 2017 it was unable to provide troops. Could not deploy.

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It was also reported that France would withdraw its troops from Mali but would maintain a military presence in its neighboring West African countries. Announcing the move during a press conference, President Emmanuel Macron said, “We cannot continue to engage militarily.” We do not share strategy and goals with the transitional regime authorities in Mali. France has about 4,300 soldiers in the Sahel region. There are also 2,400 soldiers in Mali. Troops of the security force, called Barkhane Force, are also in Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.

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