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Togo declares state of emergency in the north

The Togolese government has declared a “state of security emergency” in its northern border region.

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Togolese troops are deployed in the north to try to contain a jihadist threat

The measure will last for three months and could be extended by the national assembly, the government spokesman said on Monday.

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It allows security forces there to have more flexibility to deal with threats of jihadist attacks.

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The move follows last month’s attack in a northern town near the border with Burkina Faso, in which eight Togolese were killed and others wounded.

Togolese troops are deployed in the north to try to contain a jihadist threat pushing south from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, where militants linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group operate.

By Brooklyn Amber

American Journalist and News Anchor

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