Number of soldiers killed in Burkina Faso attack updated to 14

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THIES, SENEGAL - FEBRUARY 19, 2020: Burkinabe special forces practiced responding to attacks at a military training exercise run by the United States in Thies, Senegal, on February 19, 2020. Soldiers said they had to work harder in response to a growing extremist threat in Burkina Faso's restive north. (Photo by Danielle Paquette/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
THIES, SENEGAL – FEBRUARY 19, 2020: Burkinabe special forces practiced responding to attacks at a military training exercise run by the United States in Thies, Senegal, on February 19, 2020. Soldiers said they had to work harder in response to a growing extremist threat in Burkina Faso’s restive north. (Photo by Danielle Paquette/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Officials in Burkina Faso now say a total of fourteen soldiers were killed in an ambush on Wednesday near the country’s border with Mali and Niger.

On Thursday, it was reported that only seven were killed.

The incident is still one of the worst attacks on the army during a five-year-old jihadist insurgency.

“A convoy of the Tin-Akoff military detachment” was ambushed by “armed terrorist groups”, government spokesperson Remis Fulgance Dandjinou said on Thursday.

Northern Burkina Faso has been badly hit by jihadists who began making incursions from neighbouring Mali in 2015. The attacks have left at least 1,200 people dead and forced more than a million from their homes.

The most recent was in October when gunmen executed 24 internally displaced people in the northern town of Pissila.

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who is seeking a second term, launched his campaign last week by promising to bring back “peace” to the country.

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