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Soldier Killed in Ambush in Burkina Faso


7Dnews London - AFP

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 01:38 GMT

One Burkina Faso soldier and five assailants were killed on Thursday, September 5th in an ambush extremists laid on an army patrol in the northern Soum province as the country is facing an Islamist militant revolt.

"A military patrol was ambushed in the town of Diomsogui.... One soldier was killed and two others wounded in the attack," a source said, according to AFP.

The source added, "In response, five assailants were shot dead and the rest of the armed group was routed," whilst a second source said that a large cache of weapons was also recovered.

The country's army has been increasingly attacked by extremists. Last month, a military base in northern Burkina Faso was targeted, and 24 were killed in an unprecedented blow to the army in its campaign against terrorists.

The country's insurgency, which came from neighbouring Mali, began in the north but has since spread to the east.

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