Lagos — An alarming rise in jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso is posing a mounting threat to security in three of its coastal neighbours, according to security sources and analysts. Benin, Ghana and Togo have so far been spared the Islamist violence that has hit their landlocked neighbour since 2015, a fallout from instability in Mali, a haven for groups linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group. Yet the speed at which violence has spread in Burkina Faso has taken many by surprise. Jihadist bushfire In recent months, attacks have occurred in the eastern region, which borders Benin and Togo, sparking fears that the jihadist bushfire in the Sahel is heading towards the coast. Security fears have increased since the killing of four Burkinabe customs officials and a Spanish priest who was returning from a meeting in Togo’s capital, Lomé. They were killed just after crossing the border. Bakary Sambe, the head of the Timbuktu Institute in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, said the upsurge in ...

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