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Burkina Faso: Seven dead in two attacks attributed to jihadists

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Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been increasingly hit by jihadist attacks, which have claimed thousands of lives and forced nearly two million residents to flee their homes.

Four soldiers were killed on Friday by an improvised explosive device, while three civilians died in another attack in the northern part of Burkina Faso, as the army of the African country announced on Saturday.

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In the first case, a military force was ambushed on its way back from Jibo, where it was escorting a convoy of humanitarian aid for residents of the jihadist-besieged town. It was bombed on the Burzanga-Kongushi road, killing four soldiers.

On the same day, gunmen stormed the town of Falangutu (northeast) and “three civilians were killed” in the attack, a security official told AFP. “The jihadists returned with reinforcements on Saturday and attacked members of the VDP (Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland) militia who were organizing to secure control of the area,” a former elected official in Phalangutu told AFP without referring to the latter’s account. attack.

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Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been increasingly hit by jihadist attacks, which have claimed thousands of lives and forced nearly two million residents to flee their homes. These attacks have multiplied in recent months, mainly in the northern and eastern parts of the country.

Captain Ibrahim Traore — who was sworn in Oct. 21 as interim president by the constitutional council following the Sept. 30 military coup that ousted Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Santogo Dhamiba — has said his goal is “to recover the territories that they have captured hordes of terrorists.”

Responding to Traore’s call, more than 90,000 volunteers came forward to join the VDP militia to bolster the army’s fight against the jihadists.

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