Armed groups carried out a major attack against an army detachment in the northern Burkina Faso town of Djibo, security sources told AFP on Tuesday.
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The detachment in the Sahel region was the target of a “massive jihadist attack carried out by armed terrorist groups” on Sunday, a security source said, adding that the army imposed a “blow- and defeat” of the attackers.
Some of the soldiers died in the attack, they said, without giving a number.
The attack and the defeat of the assassins was confirmed by another security source.
“The attack began around 3 pm (local time and GMT) and was carried out by several hundred armed men who tried in vain to enter the (military base),” the source said.
They added that the attackers were hit by army planes.
The security source said the attack was carried out by “several waves of armed groups” for more than three hours.
A follow-up search for the killers who survived the attack on Monday “made it possible to neutralize several dozen other terrorists”, the source said.
The Burkina Faso Information Agency said that “more than 400 terrorists (were) destroyed during the counter-offensive of the Burkinabe Armed Forces against almost 3,000 criminals who tried to take over the town of Djibo”.
The country has been battling an insurgency that erupted from neighboring Mali in 2015 and has left more than 17,000 civilians and soldiers dead and 2 million people missing.
Burkina Faso is ruled by a transitional government that was put in place after a coup in September 2022.
The junta-led government is conscripting men over the age of 18 for its counter-insurgency fight.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)