Burkina Faso | 33 soldiers killed in extremist attack in West African country Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso: Islamic extremists attacked the army in the eastern part of the West African country of Burkina Faso, killing 33 soldiers and wounding a dozen others. The army gave this information on Friday. According to an army statement, the attack took place on Thursday in the Gourma province of Ouagaru. “During the fighting, the soldiers resolutely faced the overwhelming number of enemies and killed 40 jihadists,” the statement said. Fighters affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have waged a violent insurgency in Burkina Faso for the past seven years, killing thousands and displacing nearly two million. Also read Earlier this month, gunmen killed at least 40 security forces in the northern part of Burkina Faso. Dozens of others were injured in the attack. Locals have accused the security forces of brutally killing civilians in the northern parts. At the same time, the United Nations has demanded a thorough and independent investigation of the “killing of civilians”.