Soldiers and civilians were killed in separate attacks on Mali and Burkina Faso on Sunday, according to military and security sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
In the early morning hours of central Mali, suicide bombers drove explosive-laden automobiles into three military installations, according to a military statement. The Sevare camp had six fatalities and 15 injuries, and five more were injured in two other sites.
Five troops and four civilians were killed when armed attackers stormed a military detachment in Gaskinde, northern Burkina Faso, in the early hours, two security sources said.
After democratically elected governments lost control of their countries’ affairs, military coups were staged in Mali and Burkina Faso.
Despite this, there are still violent incidents. Both countries’ armed services have been accused of abusing people in their efforts to exterminate Islamist militants from remote desert areas.
In 2012, Islamists seized control of northern Mali, igniting a civil war. Although they were beaten back by French soldiers, they quickly regrouped and began attacking the capital Bamako in the south.
Groups affiliated to al Qaeda and the Islamic State quickly swept throughout Burkina Faso and Niger, inflicting devastation in both countries. Numerous people have been killed or relocated.
The military junta that overthrew Mali’s government in a coup in 2020 enlisted the aid of Russian Wagner Group mercenary fighters, who have been accused of human rights violations elsewhere and sanctioned by the European Union.
In the past, Mali and Russia have insisted that their troops are not mercenaries, but rather trainers using Russian-purchased weaponry to assist the local military.
Wagner Group ties are denied by the Russian government.