Three soldiers and “about 20 terrorists” killed in northern Burkina Faso

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Three soldiers were killed on Monday night during two attacks in northern Burkina Faso and northwest, according to the army command said in a statement, noting also the killing of “about twenty terrorists.”

“On the night of December 2 to 3, military factions were attacked simultaneously in Tueni (Soro district, northwest) and Ban (Lorem region, north) simultaneously around 2 pm. A strong counter-response allowed the neutralization of about 20 terrorists,” the statement said. , Adding that “three soldiers have lost their lives unfortunately.”

The statement pointed out that seven other soldiers were wounded during the “fierce battles,” referring to the “confiscation of weapons and ammunition and dozens of motorcycles and other materials.”

Earlier in the day, security sources confirmed the toll to AFP.

On October 18, five defense and security forces were killed and 11 wounded in two simultaneous attacks on the northern towns of Ban and Yensi, the military said.

On Sunday, 14 worshipers were killed in an attack on a Protestant church in eastern Burkina Faso near the Nigerian border.

The country’s army, police and gendarmerie are under-equipped and under-trained.

Until 2015, Burkina Faso was spared the violence in Mali and then Niger, in the north.

But jihadists, some with links to al-Qaeda and others with the Islamic State, began to penetrate the northern and then eastern regions before threatening their southern and western borders.

France has about 200 special forces in Kampwinsen, a suburb of Ouagadougou, but regularly intervenes in the country as part of the 4,500-strong Barkhan force in the Sahel.

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