The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has condemned the terrorist attack on Burkina Faso. Last week, Islamic extremist detonated bombs at military facilities and the French embassy in the country’s capital Ouagadougou, killing eight people.
Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe, who is acting chairman of the regional bloc, deplored the attack during a visit to the Burkinabe government.
“We have come to condemn in the strongest possible way these terrorist acts and to say that, whatever the sacrifice, we must do everything so that peace and security reign ”, said Gnassingbe who was accompanied by Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou.
He added: “Terrorism is an international phenomenon that hits no matter where and no matter what. Today it’s Ouagadougou, tomorrow is another city, so we must strengthen cooperation because alone one cannot defeat terrorism.”
Niger President Issoufou, who is also acting chairman for the 5,000-strong anti-extremist regional force, known as the G5 Sahel force, said extremism had no future in the region.
“Its defeat is inscribed in the obsolete and anachronistic nature of the values it claims to defend ... and the despicable and inhuman nature of its barbaric methods,” he said
The G5 Sahel force set up to fight Islamic extremists has troops from Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad and Mauritania.
“We are going to strengthen our operational capacities, intelligence capacities with our allies, and we are sure that with this coalition we are going to militarily defeat terrorism and create the conditions for economic development in the Sahel countries,” Issoufou added.