Burkina Faso navy chief takes over defence portfolio in cupboard reshuffle By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Burkina Faso navy chief, Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba speaks throughout a information convention with Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara on the presidential palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, September 5, 2022. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s navy chief Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba has taken over the defence portfolio within the West African nation fighting an ongoing Islamist insurgency, a press release learn on nationwide tv on Monday night stated.

The assertion didn’t give causes for the cupboard reshuffle.

Damiba seized energy in January citing the earlier authorities’s incapability to deal with the nation’s issues, together with the insurgency that has killed hundreds and displaced greater than 2 million together with in neighbouring in Mali and Niger.

Assaults by militants linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda have continued unabated for the reason that coup. Not less than 35 civilians had been killed and 37 injured final week when a car in a convoy hit an improvised explosive machine.

Earlier on Monday, the military stated two troopers had been killed and round a dozen had been injured in assault on a navy unit within the north of the nation close to the Malian border. It added that round a dozen armed assailants had been killed within the assault.

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