Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou warned of the “terrorist threat” faced by the Sahel states, following a deadly attack in the African country last week killing 71 soldiers. He said that this threat was “getting worse,” AFP reported.
In a summit talks held in Niger’s capital of Niamey on Sunday December 15th between G5 Sahel nations’ leaders, Issoufou said that the terrorist attacks do not only target the military, but also “civilian populations.”
For his part, Burkina Faso President Rock Marc Christian Kabore, during the talks, asked for a minute’s silence to mourn the victims of the attack on a military camp near the Mali border.
"These endless attacks carried out by terrorist groups in our region remind us not only of the gravity of the situation, but also the urgency for us to work more closely together," said Kabore, whose country chairs the regional G5 group for 2019.