850 Burkina Faso peacekeepers to join UN mission in Mali

A Burkina Faso battalion of 850 soldiers, among them 21 women, is expected to arrive in Mali under the United Nations peacekeeping mission, a security source told Xinhua on Sunday.

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The Burkinabe soldiers, who are expected to be deployed under the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), completed their training on July 1, the country’s defense ministry said.

Burkina Faso, which shares a long border with Mali, is engaged in the fight against insecurity in the latter nation where part of the northern region has been under control of terrorist groups since 2012.

On June 20, 140 Burkinabe police officers were deployed to Gao in northern Mali.

Burkina Faso is at position 11 globally in terms of contributing peacekeepers to the UN missions, with 1,740 of them in Mali.

However, since January 15, when the capital Ouagadougou was hit by a terrorist attack that left some 30 people dead, Burkina Faso has faced several attacks carried out by unknown individuals.

Burkinabe authorities have launched discussions with the UN to withdraw part of the country’s soldiers deployed in Mali and Darfur to boost security in the north of the country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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