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Militants Attack Military Base in Burkina Faso

Counterterrorism & Security

7Dnews London - AFP

Sat, 31 Aug 2019 21:15 GMT

Gunmen attacked a military base in northern Burkina Faso, leaving one soldier wounded and 5 missing, said a military source on Saturday, August 31st.

The poor African country has been struggling with a militant terrorist insurgency since 2015.

The attack took place at a military base located in Tongomael on Friday morning, a security source told AFP.

Tongomael is near Djibo, the regional capital of Soum province, which borders Mali to the north.

Earlier this week, Suspected militants carried out a deadly attack on Kongoussi village that left three civilians killed.

Bam province has suffered a string of deadly assaults this year.

The deadliest attack against the army took place earlier this month when an assault on a military base in northern Burkina Faso killed 24 soldiers. The country's insurgency, which began from neighbouring Mali, started in the north but has since spread to the east.

Since 2015, more than 500 people have died in attacks that have become increasingly violent, especially in the north and the east.

Burkina's capital Ouagadougou has been attacked three times, including a March 2018 jihadist assault on the military headquarters in the city which left eight dead.

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