French killed in "terrorist attack" in Benin

Benin (AFP) – 11/02/2022. 00:07

Investigation opened after a Frenchman was killed in a “terrorist attack” in Benin

The National Anti-Terrorism Prosecution Office in Paris announced Thursday that a 50-year-old Frenchman was killed in a “terrorist attack” in northern France Boyspointing to the opening of an investigation into an “assassination linked to a terrorist organisation.”

The prosecution stated that the attack “occurred in the “Park W” area in northern Benin.” And entrusted the General Department of Internal Security to carry out the necessary investigations.

The organization “African Parks” for the protection of the environment announced Wednesday that five forest rangers and a soldier were killed and ten others were injured in an ambush on Tuesday in this nature reserve located at the intersection of the borders between Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger, which is supervised by the three countries.

“Yesterday, a team of forest rangers was ambushed in Park W in Benin, the inconclusive toll reached six dead, five forest rangers and a soldier in the Armed Forces of Benin, and ten others were injured,” the organization said in a statement.

The army reinforces its deployment in northern Benin

It added that military reinforcements and more forest guards were deployed in the aforementioned area.

The countries south of the Sahel region recently witnessed a series of border attacks, which confirmed fears of the possibility of terrorists advancing towards the coastal areas.

The Benin Army strengthened its presence in the north of the country after two terrorist attacks were officially recognized at the end of last year.

Two Benin soldiers were killed last month when their vehicle was attacked with a homemade bomb in the northern Atakora region.

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