Eight extremists killed in Ivorian-Burkina operation

ABIDJAN (AFP) – Eight suspected extremists were killed and another 38 captured in a joint operation by Burkinabe and Ivorian forces near the two countries’ shared border, the Ivory Coast army said last Sunday.

The captured men – 24 in Burkina Faso and 14 in Ivory Coast – were handed over to intelligence services, a source at Ivorian army headquarter told AFP.

A “terrorist base” was destroyed at Alidougou in Burkina Faso, the source added.

Arms, ammunition, USB keys and cell phones were also seized during the operation, the source said.

Operation ‘Comoe’, named after a river that flows through the two west African countries, was launched in early May, the source said, praising the “perfect coordination between the two armies”.

This joint operation, presented last Saturday by the two armies’ top commanders as the first of its kind, took place northeast of the Ivorian town of Ferkessedougou and south of Banfora in Burkina Faso.

Last Saturday, a Burkinabe security source said the entire operation had been carried out in Ivory Coast.