France has said that it will deploy a paramilitary police force to Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou to help increase the response speed to rising number of attacks by the Islamist militants in West Africa.
The announcement was prompted by the recent attack at an Ivory Coast beach resorts that resulted to the deaths of 18 people among them Frenchmen. The attack was claimed by the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
The paramilitary police force (gendarmerie) in Burkina Faso will enable immediate dispensation of advice, share intelligence and coordinate other actions in the event of a terrorist attack/crisis.
AQIM has launched and threatened attacks against France and her allies in the Sahel region with a series of attacks in Burkina Faso and Mali mainly target at French citizens and other foreigners.
France has about 3500 troops to combat Islamist militants across the Sahel region. The current operation in the region is called Barkhane which succeeded Operation Serval that was launched in 2013 with the primary role of ousting extremists in the region especially in northern Mali.