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World Death toll from Burkina Faso attack rises to 53

21:31  17 november  2021
21:31  17 november  2021 Source:   afp.com

Attack on Burkina Faso defence outpost kills at least 20

  Attack on Burkina Faso defence outpost kills at least 20 The attack comes two days after seven police officers were killed.Security Minister Maxime Kone told state media on Sunday the toll from the attack on a military police outpost near a gold mine in Inata was provisional.

The death toll from a weekend attack by suspected jihadists on a gendarmerie in northern Burkina Faso has risen to 53, the government said Wednesday.

The attack is one of the deadliest to hit Burkina Faso since jihadist violence erupted six years ago © ISSOUF SANOGO The attack is one of the deadliest to hit Burkina Faso since jihadist violence erupted six years ago

The attack was one of the deadliest to hit the West African country's defence and security forces since jihadist violence erupted six years ago.

Gunmen travelling on pick-up trucks and motorcycles attacked the Inata gendarmerie near the Malian border before dawn on Sunday, leading to drawn-out clashes, a security source on the same day said.

Attack of insurgents in northern Burkina Faso, at least 20 dead

 Attack of insurgents in northern Burkina Faso, at least 20 dead Burkina-Securite: insurgent attack in northern Burkina Faso, at least 20 dead © Reuters / Luc Gnago Insurgent attack in the Northern Burkina Faso, at least 20 dead Ouagadougou (Reuters) - An attack perpetrated by insurgents provoked Sunday the death of 19 Burkinabe and a civilian soldiers in the three border region, where Burkina Faso fights Islamist activists , said the Minister of Security. Maxime Kone, who spoke on national radio, said this assessment was provisional.

On Monday the death toll was reported as 32.

But government spokesman Ousseni Tamboura said Wednesday that a total of 53 people were killed, 49 gendarmes and four civilians.

"Fortunately, we have found 46 gendarmes" alive, he said after a cabinet meeting.

However local sources said that around 150 gendarmes were stationed at the facility in Inata, meaning the toll could yet rise further.

Hundreds of people protested in several cities across the country on Tuesday to demand resignations over the "inability to stop the terrorist attacks".

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Wednesday criticised "substantial dysfunction" within the army, including in food provision.

"It's inacceptable, and that's why I really do understand the... angry reactions," he said as he left the cabinet meeting.

Tamboura said earlier that the head of the armed forces in the north of the country had been removed from his post following Sunday's attack.

The country has been declared in mourning from Tuesday until Thursday.

Burkina Faso has been hit by jihadist attacks since 2015, mostly in the northern and eastern regions close to Mali and Niger -- countries facing their own struggles against jihadists.

Jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso, often coupled with ambushes and attributed to movements affiliated to the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda, have killed more than 2,000 people and forced more than 1.4 million to flee their homes.

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French army convoy halted by Burkina protests on the move .
A French military convoy heading to Mali has resumed its trek through Burkina Faso after being delayed for more than a week by protests, the French army said Friday. The supply convoy of several dozen vehicles arrived in Africa at Ivory Coast last week and has to transit through Burkina Faso and Niger before arriving in central Mali. Its destination is a base at Gao -- a hub of France's Barkhane operation, which is shoring up allies in the Sahel against a jihadist insurgency that began in northern Mali nearly a decade ago.

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