Since the end of 2021, the Beninese army has been the target of several deadly attacks in the north of the country, where it is deployed to contain the jihadist groups present among its neighbors Niger and Burkina Faso.
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June 26 au Early in the morning, it was the Dassari police station, located in the department of Atacora, bordering Burkina Faso, which was attacked. Two police officers were killed, another is seriously injured and “is in intensive care”, said an officer adding that two assailants were killed during exchanges of fire.
The first known deadly attack in northern Benin dates back to December 2021, when two soldiers were killed in a nearby town of the border with Burkina Faso, where jihadist groups operate. The government then announced a military deployment to secure its borders.
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At the end of May, the country had experienced nearly twenty attacks by armed groups: this is the first time that the government has drawn up an overall assessment. Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger are struggling with jihadist insurgencies and neighboring states such as Benin, Ghana, Togo and Côte d’Ivoire are worried about overflows on their territory.
In early May, eight Togolese soldiers were killed in the first official jihadist attack in Togo. It was claimed by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), the main jihadist alliance in the Sahel, linked at Al-Qaïda.