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French soldiers fired at protesters in Burkina Faso


Ouagadougou protests the passage of Burkina Faso’s President Roach Kabore and French troops through the country
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The soldiers fired warning shots in advance. The situation in this former French colony is very tense due to protests against the entry of French army convoys into neighboring Niger.

SecondFour people in the city of Kaya were injured when French soldiers opened fire on a group of protesters in Burkina Faso, West Africa, on Saturday. According to the police, no life is in danger. According to the police, the soldiers had fired warning shots before.

The situation in Kaya has been tense for several days due to protests against the entry of the French army convoy into neighboring Niger. Since Thursday, people protesting the blockade have been trying to stop the convoy.

This former French colony with 21 million inhabitants is located in the Sahel, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, sub-Saharan South. Armed groups are active there, and some of them have sworn allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (IS) or al Qaeda.

Burkina Faso has not been attacked for a long time, but this number has increased significantly since 2015. According to the United Nations, there are now more than 1.2 million people at large in their own country. Many militiamen cross the border to Mali and other countries.



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