OUAGADOUGOU, March 1, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – Gunmen killed 10 police officers in
northeastern Burkina Faso on Saturday, the latest attack in a country
battling jihadist attacks.
Another three officers were wounded in the attack at Sebba, the main town
in Yagha province, a police statement said.
An earlier statement had put the death toll at nine and said the attack
was staged by several dozen heavily armed men who had targeted an army
detachment and the town’s police station.
The “large-scale terrorist attack unfortunately resulted” in “heavy
material damage” with the assailants making off with weapons.
Another security source said that the victims were mostly police officers,
and the attack was “aimed in particular at the police station”.
Burkina Faso, which shares a border with Mali and Niger, is caught up in
an Islamist insurgency in which increasingly frequent attacks have claimed
more than 800 lives and displaced over 800,000 people since 2015.
An armed group attacked Sebba, near the Niger border, on February 10,
killing one resident and abducting seven from the home of a pastor.
Five of the abductees, including the pastor, were found dead three days
later, while two women survived, according to the regional governor.
One of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso’s armed forces are
weak, struggling with poor equipment and lack of training and funding.
According to UN figures, jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger
left nearly 4,000 people dead last year.