French soldiers and United Nations peacekeepers from Burkina Faso patrol in Timbuktu, November 5, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
REUTERS/Joe Penney

Burkina Faso’s Chief of General Staff Gen. Pingrenoma Zagre said on Thursday that the jihadist threat on his country “was a reality that was not new.”

French soldiers and United Nations peacekeepers from Burkina Faso patrol in Timbuktu, November 5, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
French soldiers and United Nations peacekeepers from Burkina Faso patrol in Timbuktu, November 5, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
He was speaking at the Ouagadougou international airport where he had gone to receive remains of six Burkinabe soldiers killed on July 2 in an attack in Northern Mali for which Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb claimed responsibility.

“We have had a large number of soldiers deployed to the North for close to two years and we are working with other countries in the Sahel-Saharan region to defeat this threat,” he said.

The army chief said the attack that resulted in the death of six Burkinabe soldiers was “a tragedy that reminds us of the reality of the danger.”

“We shall deploy another battalion in Mali because these men and women have been trained for these kinds of missions and they are determined to play their role,” Gen. Zagre said.

“Peace in Mali is also peace in Burkina Faso. We are determined to continue with the peace restoration mission,” Burkinabe army chief concluded. Enditem

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