Burkina Faso: Twelve Soldiers Die In Jihadist Attack
At least twelve soldiers were killed on Sunday in eastern Burkina Faso by suspected jihadists, security sources said, the sixth attack of its kind in the country in ten days. "On the Sunday, armed elements also attacked a military unit around Natiaboani. The provisional toll is twelve fallen soldiers," a security source said. "This was
a patrol and security team that was then attacked by presumed jihadists," another security source said, adding that ten soldiers had also been killed. "Multiple elements on the enemy side were also neutralised," they said, without giving further details. Natiaboani is a rural community about sixty kilometres south of Fada
N'Gourma, the largest town in the Eastern Region administrative area that since 2018 has been regularly targeted by armed groups. Around 15 youths were kidnapped by armed individuals during an attack on Friday in nearby Nagre, according to the country's information agency. Burkina Faso has seen an upsurge
in violence after a period of relative calm following a military junta taking power in January. Disgruntled officers toppled elected president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, who had been facing protests over his handling of the bloody jihadist insurgency. In total, 23 civilians and 25 policemen or soldiers have been killed over the
last ten days. Burkina Faso has been struggling with jihadist attacks since 2015, when militants linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group began mounting cross-border raids from Mali. The violence has killed more than 2,000 people and displaced at least 1.7 million. In January alone, 160,000 fled their homes, a group of international charities said last Thursday.