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29 Killed in Two Attacks in Burkina Faso

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7Dnews London

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 10:21 GMT

At least 29 people died following multiple car explosions in Northern Burkina Faso on Monday, September 9th, according to local police. The region is prone to militant violence, AFP has reported.

The targeted vehicles were used for goods transportation in the country. The first one drove over an explosive device resulting in the death of 14 people, according to a statement from government spokesman Remis Fulgance Dandjinou.

Another explosion took place around the same time just 50 kilometres (30 miles) when a food delivery van travelling in convey exploded after it drove over a planted explosive device, killing 15 people, according to Dandjinou.

"Military reinforcements have been deployed and a thorough search is under way," Dandjinou said.

Considered one of the poorest countries in Africa, Burkina Faso has for long been ravaged by the presence of jihadists who continue to claim territories and clash internally.

Since 2015, more than 500 people have died in attacks that have become increasingly violent especially in the north and the east, according to a toll compiled by AFP.

The capital Ouagadougou has been attacked three times, including a March 2018 jihadist assault on the military headquarters that left eight dead.

A summit of regional heads of state is due to be held in Ouagadougou on Saturday to discuss the security situation.