Dozens killed in suspected jihadist attack in northern Burkina Faso

The suspected jihadists have killed 47 people, including 30 civilians, in an attack on a convoy in northern Burkina Faso, the government said on Wednesday.

The assault left 14 soldiers and three volunteer militiamen dead 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Gorgadji, the Communications Ministry said.

Gorgadji is in the notorious “three borders” zone where Burkina Faso meets Mali and Niger, a hotbed of jihadist violence affecting the wider Sahel region.

The soldiers and the militia had been “guarding the civilians who were leaving for Arbinda”, another city in northern Burkina.

In a shootout that followed, security forces killed 58 “terrorists” and put the rest to flight, according to the government.

Wednesday was the third attack in the last two weeks against Burkina Faso soldiers in which 10 or more people have been killed, including one on August 4 that killed 30, 11 of them civilians.

Burkina Faso, a poor country in the arid sub-Saharan region of the Sahel, has faced increasingly frequent and deadly attacks since 2015 from jihadist groups affiliated with the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda.

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These attacks, along with intercommunal violence, have killed more than 1,400 and forced 1.3 million to flee their homes, according to official estimates.

(AFP)

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