At least 10 civilians, 9 gendarmes killed in attack in Burkina Faso

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A Burkinabe soldier walks past a French Armoured Personnel Carrier part of a French military convoy heading to Niger, stopped by protesters in Kaya, Burkina Faso, Saturday November 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
A Burkinabe soldier walks past a French Armoured Personnel Carrier part of a French military convoy heading to Niger, stopped by protesters in Kaya, Burkina Faso on Saturday, November 20, 2021. /AP Photo

An armed attack targeted on the night of Sunday to Monday, the military detachment of Foube, province of Sanmatenga in Burkina Faso, killing at least 10 civilians and nine gendarmes, the communications minister and government spokesperson, Ousseni Tamboura, announced Monday.

“The report shows nine gendarmes and a dozen civilians killed,” said the minister on public television.

The attack has not yet been claimed.

On November 14, the detachment of the Inata gendarmerie, in Soum province in the Sahel region, was attacked by unidentified armed groups, killing 53 people, including 49 soldiers.

“The attack of Foube came as we are preparing to bury 36 gendarme victims of Inata,” said Tamboura who specified that the process of identifying the victims of the attack in Inata (Sahel) continues.

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

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