French forces shoot at Burkina Faso protestors trying to block military convoy
French forces in Burkina Faso have shot and wounded several protesters blocking a French military convoy which they believed was carrying weapons for Takfiri terrorists in the West African nation.
Media cited local sources as saying that four people in the town of Kaya north of the capital were being treated for gunshot wounds inflicted on them by the French soldiers on Saturday.
"As the protesters tried to get closer, soldiers fired warning shots," the local sources said, adding some of the protesters in the demo received "gunshot wounds."
"The emergency department at the Kaya hospital received four people with gunshot wounds," a medical source reported.
The convoy, which was crossing through the former French colony to Niger, had already been stopped this week by protests in the western city of Bobo Dioulasso and in the capital Ouagadougou, where local security forces had to fire tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.
French troops are stationed in the wider Sahel region under the pretext of fighting the spread of extremist militant forces there.
However, reports emerged that the convoy of some 60 trucks aimed to deliver arms to the Takfiri militants.
Anti-French sentiment is rampant in Mali and Burkina Faso. On the streets of Bamako, Mali’s capital, many say that France is actually trying to keep the country weak so the former colonial power can exploit secret gold and oil reserves in the Sahara.
Mali’s Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga said last month that he has evidence that France has been training terrorist groups operating in the nation.
Maiga said French troops had created an enclave in Kidal, a town in the desert region of northern Mali, and handed it over to a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda.
Observers accuse France of pursuing neo-colonialism in Africa, falsely claiming to fight terrorism as a pretext to maintain its influence in the region.