Eight Burkinese soldiers were killed Wednesday when a hand-made mine exploded in the outskirts of Baraboli in the Sahel region as soldiers were heading to Djebbo, the largest city in Soum province, the Burkina Faso presidency said, reports AFP.
"I have just learned that eight Burkinese soldiers were killed when their cars exploded with a hand-made mine planted by the enemies of our people," said Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.
A security source told Agence France-Presse that "the car that was advancing a military convoy, from Baraboli to Djibouti, exploded over a hand-made device."
This impoverished coastal country bordering unstable Mali and Niger has been facing increasing and destructive jihadist attacks for three years.
"These cowardly and terrifying attacks will not affect our determination to defend the unity of national territory and bring peace and security to the people of Burkina Faso and its prosperity," he said.
Three of the gendarmes were killed Sunday in a clash with gunmen near Ainata in the same province of Sum, where three workers were kidnapped in a gold mine - Indian, South African and Burkinese.