Saturday, February 29, 2020

Gunmen kill nine soldiers in fresh Burkina Faso attack

Gunmen killed nine soldiers and officers in an attack on a police station and military unit in northeastern Burkina Faso on Saturday, security sources said, in the latest deadly assault in a country battling an Islamist insurgency.

Several dozen heavily armed men carried out simultaneous attacks on the army detachment and police station in the town of Sebba in Yagha province, a security source said.

The “large-scale terrorist attack unfortunately resulted” in the deaths of nine people, the source told AFP.

Another security source said that the victims were mostly police officers, and the attack was “aimed in particular at the police station”.

The source added that the attack caused “significant material damage” and the attackers took weapons with them during their withdrawal.