Death when a French fleet confronts a Niger demonstration

At least two people were killed and 16 injured in western Niger when protesters clashed with a French convoy that blocked after crossing the border from Burkina Faso, according to the local mayor.

Armored vehicles and logistics trucks crossed the border on Friday after being blocked in Burkina Faso for a week by demonstrations against French troops’ unstoppable increase in violence by Islamic extremists.

Anger over France’s military presence in its former colonies is growing in Niger, Burkina Faso, and other countries in the Sahel region of West Africa, where France has thousands of troops to fight militants.

Last weekend, in the city of Kaya in Burkina Faso, hundreds of people blocked a French fleet on their way from Côte d’Ivoire to Mali.

I was able to leave Burkina Faso on Friday, but on Saturday morning I ran into a new protest within 30km of the border of the western town of Terra, a town in western Niger, where I stopped spending the night.

Tera Mayor Hama Mamoudou told Reuters that two of the protesters were killed and 16 were injured during the standoffs.

French spokesman Colonel Pascal Ianni had previously told Reuters that French soldiers and the Niger gendarmerie had fired warnings to disperse protesters who attempted to sack and seize trucks. ..

Ianni then said the convoy was able to proceed towards the capital Niamey.

He didn’t immediately answer the question about death.

A video shared by local officials showed protesters, mostly young men, shouting “Down with France!”. Like black smoke rising from a burning barricade.

France intervened in Mali in 2013 and defeated the militants who occupied the northern desert before deploying soldiers throughout the Sahel.

It has killed many top jihadist leaders, but violence continues to intensify and spread in the region.

At demonstrations in Burkina Faso and elsewhere, protesters quoted claims that France was secretly supporting militants to justify their continued military presence in the former colonies. ..

Death when a French fleet confronts a Niger demonstration

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