At least 11 soldiers have been killed in a jihadist attack in eastern Burkina Faso

UGADUGU, Burkina Faso – Jihadists have targeted a military base in eastern Burkina Faso, killing 11 soldiers and wounding about two dozen, the government said.

The wounded soldiers were taken to hospital and 15 assailants were killed by air support as they tried to flee after Thursday’s attack in Madzouri, Campia province, Burkina Faso’s military said in a statement.

For six years, the West African country has been engulfed in violence linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State groups that have killed thousands and displaced nearly 2 million people. Rebel forces ousted the democratically elected president in January, promising to end the violence, but attacks have escalated since then.

At least 60 people, including civilians and security forces, have been killed in violence targeting villages in four regions across the country in the past 72-hour period, according to an internal security report for aid workers seen by The Associated Press.

Rida Layammuri, a senior fellow at the New South Policy Center, said the attack in Madzouri was another indication of the militants ‘ability to target security forces’ bases and, unfortunately, intensify the security situation in the north and east. , A Moroccan-based organization focused on economics and policy.

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