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News Burkina: Two soldiers killed after a refueling start of a city under "blockade"

00:40  13 august  2022
00:40  13 august  2022 Source:   leparisien.fr

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two soldiers, members of an escort of A refunding convoy of the city of Sebba, in northern Burkina Faso, subject to a "blockade" of jihadist groups for more than a month, were killed on Friday, we learned from security and local sources.

"Two soldiers fell on the Sebba-Dori axis. Another was injured and taken care of by army health services," a security source told AFP.

"They were killed in the explosion of an artisanal machine that their vehicle hit," said another security source, adding that these soldiers "were on an escort mission of a refueling convoy in Sebba".

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This city, the capital of the province of Yagha, in northern Burkina Faso, has been subject to a "blockade" of jihadist groups for more than a month.

In early August, residents had launched a cry of alarm, saying that they were threatened with famine, which a humanitarian NGO confirmed.

"This (Friday) morning, a convoy of several trucks left Ouagadougou to supply the city. We are waiting for the start of the distributions to be relieved" told AFP Mohamed Dicko, a resident of Sebba.


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"A first refueling by air had taken place last week but had not been able to cover the needs of Many populations, "he said.

Some 30,000 people, many of them inappropriate, currently live in Sebba.

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Since the end of July, the axis which links Sebba to Dori, the chief town of the Sahel region, was cut, after the boosting of a crossing bridge, by armed individuals.

residents had tried to rehabilitate the bridge, but a new sabotage had completely destroyed it, cutting the city from the rest of the country.

The attacks attributed to the jihadists are frequent in the province of Yagha, including the inhabitants of the localities chased by the jihadist groups, took refuge in Sebba.

Burkina Faso, where soldiers took power in January by promising to fight anti-jihadist their priority, is confronted as several neighboring countries with the violence of armed movements affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group , which since 2015 killed thousands of deaths and some two million displaced people there.

More than 40% of the territory of Burkina is outside the control of the State, according to official figures, and the attacks have multiplied since the beginning of the year.

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