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146 jihadists assassinated by Burkina Faso soldiers after civilian attack


Devdiscourse News Desk ouagadougou Burkina Faso
Updated: 05-02-2019 18:06 IST
146 jihadists assassinated by Burkina Faso soldiers after civilian attack

Islamic extremists in recent months have increased attacks in Burkina Faso’s volatile Sahel region. Image Credit: Wikipedia

The armed forces of Burkina Faso have assassinated 146 jihadists in three counterterror operations in the northwest near the border with Mali.

The response came from army's commander general Moise Minoungou. According to him, after armed men attacked Kain village in Yatenga province early Monday, killing 14 people, the army retaliated with air support, included fighting in Bahn in the north region and Bomboro in the Boucle du Mouhoun region. The statement noted there were light injuries and no deaths among security forces.

Islamic extremists in recent months have increased attacks in Burkina Faso's volatile Sahel region. A Canadian man was recently kidnapped and killed, and another Canadian and Italian are missing.

Gunmen in the past week killed at least 14 people in attacks on a marketplace and military base in the Sahel region. The base in Nassoumbou, in Soum province in the northeast, also was attacked in December 2016, with 12 military personnel killed.

Burkina Faso is part of a five-nation regional counterterror force, the G5 Sahel, launched in 2017. Other members are Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

With inputs from agency.

COUNTRY : Burkina Faso

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