Three suspected jihadists were killed in a counter-terrorism operation in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, on 22 May.
Burkinabé intelligence services tracked them down to a villa in the Rayongo suburb and a firefight ensued between the security forces and the occupants of the house. One gendarme was also killed, while a fourth jihadist was arrested and weapons seized. Ouagadougou has been subjected to three terrorist attacks in as many years. On 2 March 2018, the jihadist coalition Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) staged attacks targeting the armed forces headquarters and the French embassy, in which eight people were killed and 80 wounded.
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