Military reorganization on the ground, reinforcement of the workforce, purchase of equipment, intelligence… In six months, the far north of Togo, bordering Burkina Faso, has been the target of terrorists on five occasions. He suffered his first attack on the night of May 10 to 11, 2022, against the Kpékpakandi military post: 8 soldiers were killed and 13 others wounded. In mid-July, jihadist incursions hit the villages of Gnoaga and Gouloungoussi, where the General Staff of the Togolese Armed Forces (FAT) deplored “several deaths”.
Condemned and described as “barbaric” and “cowardly” by the Togolese government, these attacks are closely followed by President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, who has gone to the front in person. On the one hand, to reassure the population and the FAT; on the other hand, to reaffirm its commitment to protect the integrity of the territory, in betting on patriotism and proximity, calling for a national alliance against terrorism.
Togo: Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé facing the jihadist danger
In the aftermath of the Gnoaga and Gouloungoussi attacks, it was in a heavy atmosphere that the Head of State spoke as a warlord before the representatives of the living forces of the Savannah region, placed under a state of security emergency. since June 13. The voice was firm, the tone reassuring: “In these moments of affliction, I reaffirm my determination to fight against terrorism, in order to protect our populations and guarantee peace and the quietude. »