Côte d’Ivoire security post near Burkina Faso border attacked

A photo taken on June 24, 2020, shows a general view of the village of Sokourani, near Ferkessedougou, the capital of Tchologo region, northern Ivory Coast, close to the borders with Burkina Faso and Mali. - Residents of Ferkessedougou, a commercial hub in northern Ivory Coast, are shaken by this month's brazen jihadist attack just 100 kilometres (60 miles) away -- the first assault by Islamist extremists on the countrys soil in more than four years. Dozens of gunmen had targeted a frontier post at Kafolo, on the border with Burkina Faso, in the June 11 pre-dawn attack which killed 13 soldiers. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP) (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images)

A security post close to Côte d’Ivoire’s border to the north with Burkina Faso was attacked during the early hours of Monday morning by a group on unknown assailants, according to a security official.

FILE PHOTO: A photo showing a general view of the village of Sokourani, near Ferkessedougou, the capital of Tchologo region, northern Ivory Coast, close to the borders with Burkina Faso and Mali. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images)

The official, who spoke to AFP, said the motive behind the attack, which happened at around 1am in the town of Kafolo, was yet to be established, in addition to any casualties.

A resident who also spoke to AFP said two people were killed in the attack.

Côte d’Ivoire shares a 550-kilometer border with Burkina Faso, where jihadist violence has claimed the lives of hundreds of people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.

In June last year, suspected jihadists believed to have come from Burkina Faso attacked the border post killing at least 12 soldiers and injuring at least seven.

That attack was the worst in Côte d’Ivoire since gunmen from Al-Qaeda’s North African branch raided the beach resort of Grand Bassam in March 2016, killing 19 people.

The incident prompted the Ivorian government to create a special military zone in the north of the country to prevent any infiltration of such armed groups into its territory.