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AU, Burkinabe government remain mute as French soldiers shot and injured protesters in Kaya

French Troops reportedly shot into a human blockage in the city of Kaya – Burkina Faso in attempts to disperse the crowd and pass through to Niger. According to the locals, the warning shots ended up hitting several protestors who are currently receiving treatment.

Speaking to reporters, an indigene of Kaya identified as Mahamadi Sawadogo said, “today they shot at us with heavy weapons. They first shot in the air and after they shot and wounded people. Is that normal?” He added that, “you (the French Troops) are in our country, even though you colonized Africans there are things you must not do.”  

For about three continuous days now, the youth of Kaya who hold the view that, French soldiers are providing support in terms of armory to the jihadist which they are supposed to help fight have stood firm to prevent a French military convoy from passing through the town to Niger.

The only condition for passage was that, the troops open their vehicles for them to inspect for possible firearms being supplied to the Jihadist in the region. The refusal to do so has kept the convoy waiting behind the blockade for days, resulting in the unfortunate injuries recorded.

“We asked them to open their vehicles so that we have an idea of the contents,” a protester identified as Bassirou Ouedraogo told Reporters, adding that, “we know what is inside: suspect items.”

Attempts by the authorities to negotiate with the youth proved futile. However, the Burkinabe government is yet to make an official statement regarding the standoff in Kaya. The African Union and the so-called human right organizations have equally remained mute about the ongoing situation in the West African country.

France deployed about 5,000 troops in the Sahel, covering countries including Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad with an agreement to fight extremism in the region. However, the troops have become very unpopular as insecurity grows even worse despite their presence.

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