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Burkina Faso loses six policemen to ambush by unidentified assailants

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Six policemen were killed in an attack perpetrated by unidentified gunmen near Inata, in  a region prone to terrorist violence in northern Burkina Faso.

According to sources, the policemen were ambushed on Monday, 9 September 2019, when troops of an Inata police detachment were returning from a resupply mission near Djibo, in Soum province located around 200km north of Ouagadougou.

This tragedy, which is yet to be confirmed by the army and the government, comes in the wake of two terrorist attacks which left 29 civilians dead in the north-central and northern regions.

On Sunday, 15 civilians were killed and six other injured when a truck transporting people and goods rode over a mine on the Barsalgho-Guenbila road in the country’s north-central region.

The authorities added that another attack took place on Sunday, 8 September 2019, on the Dablo-Kelbo road when gunmen assaulted vans conveying foods for refugees, killing 14.

Communication Minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou pledged that further security measures were underway in both the north-central and northern regions.

He also affirmed that greater protection would be devoted to humanitarian convoys.

Burkina Faso has been experiencing recurrent terrorist attacks for over three years, with death tolls reaching many among security and defense forces and civilians as well.

One of the bloodiest attack dates to 19 August 2019 when the national army mourned the loss of 24 soldiers in Koutougou while “neutralizing” 40 among the terrorists.



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