Germany to train Burkina Faso soldiers after attacks

Burkina

Burkinabe soldiers will receive training from Germany to help Burkina Faso combat a surge in terrorism, government officials announced.

This move comes just a few days after gunmen attacked a restaurant in the capital, Ouagadougou, killing 18 people and injuring 22 others.

That attack was the second to happen in the capital in less than two years.

“Germany is engaged in Mali in the training of its forces, and we decided to enlarge it to the Burkinabe and they accepted,” Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Defense Ministry, Ralf Brauksiepe, said in Ouagadougou on Wednesday after a meeting with Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

A West African force is gearing up to fight militancy in the region, with Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad and Mauritania pledging soldiers for the unit.