France gives Burkina Faso planes to tackle Islamist threat

By REUTERS
October 24, 2012 23:24

OUAGADOUGOU - France has provided Burkina Faso with three light aircraft to help it monitor its northern border with Islamist-occupied northern Mali, the head of the West African nation's army said on Wednesday.

Islamist fighters, some with links to al-Qaida, seized the northern two-thirds of Mali earlier this year, raising fears that militant groups could spread their influence beyond the country's porous desert borders.

"These three planes will allow us to carry out aerial reconnaissance in the north," Brigadier General Nabere Honore Traore, the head of the army, told the state-owned Sidwaya newspaper.


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