Six killed in Burkina Faso ambush

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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)

At least six members of the Volunteers for the Defence of the Motherland (VDP) in Burkina Faso lost their lives in an ambush by unidentified gunmen on Thursday in the north of the country, the security source said Friday in the capital Ouagadougou.

According to the source, a police officer in the region, the gunfire exchange occurred on Thursday afternoon in Dablo community, Sanmatenga province in the north-central part of the country.

“The initial toll established six killed and one injured among the VDPs”, he told Xinhua on Friday.

A local politician corroborated the toll, underscoring that the defense volunteers were ambushed during an operation to protect the community.

The VDPs are civilians armed by the Burkina Faso government to support the armed forces in the stabilization of the country.

Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been facing a worsening security situation with terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of over 1,000 people and displaced thousands of others

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