Suspected jihadists blew up two vital bridges in Burkina Faso last week on Friday night. The blowing up of bridges raises concerns over their intentions to isolate the Sahel region.
According to Africa News, the attackers destroyed the Woussé bridge, forcing a convoy that was supposed to supply the town of Djibo to return to Kongoussi. They also blew up again the Naré bridge, further disrupting transport in the area.
The bridge was attacked for the first time on June 30, but work was carried out to allow people to continue using the road. The bridge was blown up again on Friday night.
According to eyewitnesses and images posted on social media networks, travel from the Capital to Dori is virtually impossible.
Another bridge located in the locality of Woussé, on the Kongoussi-Bourzanga road in the central north of Burkina Faso was also blown up forcing a convoy carrying supplies to the town of Djibo to turn back. The convoy was escorted by defense and security forces.
A few NGOs have clarified that the roads linking Niamey and Ouagadougou, the main trade routes for imports and exports to the Gulf of Guinea nations, are no longer safe and secure.