at least twelve soldiers killed in an attack by suspected jihadists

Natiaboani, Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso has been experiencing a resurgence of violence over the past ten days due to suspected jihadist groups. In the east of the country, at least twelve soldiers were killed in an attack on Sunday March 20.

“This Sunday, armed elements attacked a unit around Natiaboani. The toll, still provisional, is twelve fallen soldiers.a security source told Agence France-Presse (AFP). “It is a patrol and security team that was attacked by suspected jihadists”another security source told AFP. “Several elements were also neutralized on the enemy side”he assured, without further details.

Spiral of violence

Natiaboani is a rural town located about sixty kilometers south of Fada N’Gourma, capital of the Eastern region, regularly targeted by attacks by armed groups since 2018. According to the Burkina Information Agency , about fifteen young people were abducted by armed individuals following an attack in Nagré, near Natiaboani, on Friday.

In ten days, this is the sixth attack recorded, in the north and east of Burkina Faso. In total, they resulted in the death of twenty-three civilians and twenty-five soldiers (gendarmes and soldiers).

On January 24, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba overthrew President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, often accused of being ineffective in the face of jihadist violence. But after a relative lull, the new head of state, who has made the fight against jihadists a priority, finds himself in turn confronted with deadly attacks.

Read also Burkina Faso: thirteen gendarmes killed, several “missing” in the north of the country

In the wake of Mali and Niger, Burkina Faso has been caught since 2015 in a spiral of violence attributed to movements affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State organization, which have killed more than 2,000 people in the country and forced at least 1.7 million people to flee their homes

The World with AFP

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