On September 23, 2021 images claiming to show weapons impounded in Burkina Faso were shared in a tweet. Showing an image of a container and two others of the said weapons, this tweet further claimed these weapons were bound for Kidal, North of Mali.
Burkina Faso has reported a series of attacks in the last couple of months by Jihadist groups. In an article by the Norwegian Refugee Council, over 275,000 people were displaced between April and September 2021 with over 480 being killed between May and August in the same year.
Results from a reverse image search show the first image of custom service officers inspecting a container as featured in an article by the Bella Naija on May 24, 2017. According to the Bella Naija, the Nigerian Customs Service intercepted a container with 440 pump-action rifles at the Tincan Island Port in Lagos.
The second and third images were shared as early as January 30 2017 by Ships and Ports, according to reverse image searches. In this article, Ships and Ports says; the Nigerian Customs Service had impounded a container containing 49 boxes of 661 pump-rifles along Apapa road, Lagos.
NO, this container was not seized in Burkina Faso but Nigeria in 2017.
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