Togo has extended a state of emergency in its northern Savanes region for another six months due to continued attacks by Islamist militants.
On Tuesday, the six-month state of emergency was approved by the Togolese parliament to restore security in the region.
According to Damehame Yark, the Togolese security minister, the extension was “necessary for the proper conduct of military operations” and “a return to peace” in the region.
In June, Togo imposed a three-month state of emergency in the Savanes region following an attack by Islamist terrorists that left eight soldiers dead and 13 injured.
More recently, local media said that between 15 and 20 people were killed in a series of attacks on July 15. While the army gave no official figures about this incident, it was confirmed that “several” people were killed and wounded.
Togolese defense and security forces were again attacked on August 22 in the village of Blamonga, close to the border with Burkina Faso. A few soldiers were injured during an exchange of fire that lasted several minutes before armed groups retreated.
Togo is the most recent nation on the coast of West Africa to fall victim to Islamist extremists traveling from the Sahel following Benin, Ghana, and Ivory Coast.