In the spotlight: northern Benin has been hit by a terrorist attack

In the municipality of Karimama, the police station in the Monsey district was targeted early yesterday morning. Armed men arrived on motorcycles and opened fire. According to information from RFI, a police officer was killed and the police station burned down. And the situation raises many questions. “Is northern Benin about to become a small Sahel where terrorists inevitably live?” Today in Faso.

In fact, attacks are increasing at the border with Niger and Burkina. “By early February, nine Beninese people had been killed, which had secured the security of Barkhane’s premises, which had neutralized dozens of terrorists,” the newspaper wrote.

“On April 11, still north of the border with Benin, GSIM killed five Beninese soldiers, near Pendjari Park. If yesterday’s deed is not yet claimed, it still proves that this region is no longer peaceful.

Attacks that worry the regionThe website Benin Web TV,considers that the situation requires “an unconventional response and targeted action. The countries of the Sahel, in particular Mali, Burkina and Niger, are subject to recurring encroachments with terrible results, and now the countries of the Gulf of Guinea, including Benin, are also being targeted. And according to specialists, this is the result of the terrorists’ desire to expand their hegemony to the coast, according to Benin Web TV. “In Benin, the alarm is level 1. This requires that the threat be limited, before going to level 2, with the installation of terrorist groups in the territory in pockets where the central government would have lost control.”

For the website,it is “a real challenge launched for the brand new chief of staff of the Beninese army, General Fructueux Gbaguidi, whose elements will need to double their vigilance to better deal with the jihadism that extends its tentacles to the coastal countries of West Africa.”

Benin’s President Patrice Talon promises to raise wagesSMIG will increase by 30%, and therefore goes from 40,000 CFA francs to 52,000. In any case, that is what is stipulated in an agreement reached yesterday between the Benine government, the three largest unions and employers. “The head of state led a session with public and private administrative workers,” reports the news site Benouto. Employers will also need to take out compulsory health insurance for their employees from 1 January.

On his side, The country believes that Patrice Talon is giving “a fresh breath to his countrymen by increasing their purchasing power. The president is creating a golden opportunity to make peace with a large part of his people who have felt at war since he took power. Le Pays continues:” In this operation of redemption, not to say reconciliation, the President of Benin should also consider the political class, whose several leaders are in prison or in exile. »

The Malian government accuses the French army of espionage and subversion. The military in power in Bamako condemns the spread by the French General Staff of videos taken by a drone near a base in central Mali, recently returned by France. Maliweb reiterates the press release published by the Malian authorities: Since the beginning of the year, they have “noted more than fifty intentional cases of violation of the country’s airspace by foreign aircraft, in particular operated by French forces. One of the most recent cases was the illegal presence of a drone from the French forces, on April 20, above Gossi’s base. These pictures, exactly The world Africa “shows soldiers dealing with corpses as they cover with sand. In another sequence we see two of these soldiers filming the half-buried bodies. The French General Staff assures that they are white soldiers, which suggests that they are members of the private military company Wagner, we should talk about this case today and in the days to come.

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