Around a dozen members of the Burkina Faso security forces died on Sunday in an ambush by unknown gunmen in the community of Toéni in the north of the African country, security sources confirmed.
These sources, quoted by the Burkinabe news portal Infowakat, suggest that a bomb exploded when a security vehicle passed near Dounkou, causing a reinforcement division to be the target of a subsequent attack.
According to these sources, the clashes left at least twelve dead, three injured and seven missing, without the authorities having officially decided on the events and without any group initially admitting to the attack.
The authorities launched an operation in the area in the Boucle du Mouhoun region in which two senior members of an armed group were killed by security forces on 7 August in an area between the towns of Bouno and Diamasso.
Thereafter, the Burkinabe President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré condemned the attack and stressed in his account on the social network Twitter that the authorities “will continue the war imposed by obscurantist and barbaric forces without concessions”.
“Tribute to our fallen soldiers and speedy recovery for the wounded. I also extend my condolences to all grieving families and express the solidarity of the government with them,” said the president, who will take over the direction of the Ministry of Defense at the end of June through a government reshuffle.
Burkina Faso has seen a sharp increase in terrorist attacks since 2015, including that in April 2021, which killed Spanish journalists David Beriáin and Roberto Fraile and Irish national Rory Young.
The rise in attacks by jihadist groups has resulted in “record numbers” of internally displaced persons in Burkina Faso, with a total of 1.3 million people in about two years, according to data from the United Nations Alto Refugee Commissioner (UNHCR.) In July ).
The African Union (AU) last week condemned the recent terrorist attacks in the Sahel and urged countries in the region to “keep up pressure on jihadist groups” to “root out these gangrene” in the face of increasing violence in this mainland area.