Thu, 25 Jan 2024 Burkina Faso

Burkina: Army announces neutralization of a terrorist leader

By Amos Traore || Contributor
Burkina: Army announces neutralization of a terrorist leader

Faced with the phenomenon of terrorist threats for nearly 9 years now, Burkina Faso is sparing no effort to regain its security stability. Under the leadership of the President of Burkina Faso, Captain Ibrahim Traore, the country is implementing a highly offensive strategy in the fight against armed terrorist groups. According to the Burkina Information Agency, the Burkinabe army, citing security sources, conducted a significant operation on January 21, 2024, in the Markoye region (north of the country). This military operation succeeded in neutralizing one of the most sought-after terrorist leaders in west africa.

His name is Harouna Oulel, more commonly known as Abdel-Malick. He was nothing less than the number 2 of the terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in Burkina Faso. Abdel-Malick was born in a small village in the north of Burkina Faso. According to information from the Burkina Information Agency, the terrorist leader had participated in numerous armed incursions that cost the lives of several Burkinabe military personnel and civilians. He commanded seasoned men, specialized in combat in hostile environments. With his network of accomplices and his capacity for harm, Harouna Oulel, alias Abdel-Malick, had turned certain areas of Burkina into no man's land.

In order to restore stability in the northern part of the country, Ibrahim Traore regime mobilized significant resources to put an end to the actions of the terrorist leader and his men. This led the Burkinabe authorities to put a bounty on Abdel-Malick's head for the sum of 150 million FCFA. The neutralization of the number 2 of ISGS in Burkina is a significant step in the country's pacification process. It is now up to the Burkinabe authorities to capitalize on this achievement to prevent the terrorist organization from restructuring around a new leader.