West Africa jihadist insurgency reaches Togo

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At least eight Togolese soldiers were killed in an assault on a military base in the north of the West African country May 11—apparently marking the first fatal attack in Togo by the jihadist rebel militias waging an insurgency across the wider region. Some 60 gunmen on motorcycles attacked the base at Kpinkankandi, in Kpendjal prefecture, near the border with Burkina Faso. According to locals, the battle over the base raged most of the night before the assailants retreated. No group has claimed responsibility for the raid, but suspicion has fallen on the Group for Support of Islam & Muslims (JNIM), a Qaeda-aligned faction active in Burkina Faso.

This is the second presumed jihadist attack within Togo. In November 2021, another military outpost in Kpendjal prefecture was assaulted by suspected JNIM militants. That time, the militants were repelled without loss of life. (LWJ)

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