Army repulses attack in north-central Burkina Faso

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FILE PHOTO: Soldiers secure a crime scene in Burkina Faso. (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Soldiers secure a crime scene in Burkina Faso. (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

An attack by unidentified gunmen targeting a military detachment in the north-central province of Sanmatenga was repulsed on Friday morning, Xinhua News reports.

“Unidentified gunmen attacked an army position in Pensa, but were forced to withdraw under the heavy fire of the army”, a police source told Xinhua.

According to the source, the exchanges of fire resulted in “minor injuries” among the military detachment.

The attack comes three days after Burkinabe soldiers killed 80 jihadists during an offensive against two simultaneous attacks on military position and civilians in Arbinda, in the province of Soum.

Burkina Faso is faced with a worsening security situation in the northern regions as frequent militant attacks have sparked a wave of panic in the country.

Over the last few weeks, Burkina Faso’s army has scaled up military air and ground offensives against the escalating armed attacks across the country.

Since 2015, militant attacks have claimed more than 700 lives, including 200 from the armed forces, and displaced thousands of others in the West-African country.

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