World Burkina attack kills four soldiers
Burkina Faso: a French military convoy blocked at the entrance of the city of Kaya
© Michele Cattani / AFP A French military convoy in a rural area north of Burkina. (Drawing). From Thursday evening November 18, young people in the city of Kaya, in the North Central region, demonstrate to request the departure of the French troops of Burkina. They refuse to pass a French military convoy that must join Niger. These vehicles had already been blocked in Bobo and Ouagadougou. And the situation in Kaya, is for the deadlock. Kaya had never seen that again.
Four soldiers were killed in an attack in northern Burkina Faso, security sources said Monday, bringing the toll from two weeks of raids by suspected jihadists to at least 80.
An army unit in Solle, in Loroum province bordering Mali, came under fire at around 5am on Sunday, a source said.
"Four soldiers were killed and several were wounded... around 10 terrorists were neutralised in a counter-attack," the source said.
The armed forces swept the area with air support, the source added.
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Another security source confirmed this account and said a civilian was among the casualties, although it was not known whether the individual had been killed or wounded.
The attack is the third deadly assault in two weeks against the Sahel state's beleaguered armed forces.
Its troops and police are struggling with a six-year-old jihadist insurgency that swept in from neighbouring Mali, steered by groups linked to Al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State.
More than 2,000 people have died and around 1.4 million have fled their homes, especially in the north and east.
On November 14, at least 57 people, including 53 police, were killed when jihadists overran a gendarmerie base at Inata, also in the north.
It was the biggest single-day loss among the security forces in the history of the insurgency.
On November 21, at least nine gendarmes and around 10 civilians were killed at Foube, likewise in the north, in an attack attributed to jihadists.
Anger at the mounting toll has spilt out into the political arena.
On Saturday, around 10 people were hurt when the security forces using teargas dispersed a rally in the capital Ouagadougou protesting at President Roch Marc Christian Kabore's security policies.
Burkina Faso: first arrest after the demonstration of Saturday, November 27 .
© Olympia of Maismont AFP The organization SBF maintains its call for the resignation of the current head of state, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (our photo), that it considers unable to ensure safety in Burkina Faso. In Burkina Faso, after the demonstration of Saturday, November 27 which turned to the confrontation with the police in Ouagadougou, civil society knows its first arrests.