Four suspected jihadists have been arrested during a police operation in the village of Kouatena in northern Benin, the RFI broadcaster reported on Wednesday, citing sources.
The two-day operation was conducted on Sunday and Monday. The suspects, who have been wanted for some time by the police, have been put in pre-trial detention at the order of a special court in the capital of Porto Novo.
The detainees are charged with “membership in a terrorist organization,” the outlet reported, citing a security source.
Benin, a Western African nation, is highly exposed to terrorist activities due to its location near such countries as Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Niger, where radical armed groups operate.