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.
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.