Burkina Faso: Armed Gang Kills 11 Military Police Officers

Bukrina Faso soldiers with armoured truck

According to the army, eleven military police officers were killed after their position was attacked by armed persons in northern Burkina Faso.

Armed gangs, some related to al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS), are conducting a deadly revolt in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, killing thousands of people.

According to an army statement released on Friday, the incident took place on Thursday evening at a security station in Seytenga, Seno province. 


The gendarmes fought back but were outmanned, according to the statement.

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According to the army, four military police were slain in an attack in the western province of Kossi on Thursday, while two persons were killed in another event at a gold mine in the north.

The landlocked country has supplanted Mali as the epicenter of the Sahel conflict, according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED).

A total of 1,315 incidents of organized political violence, including explosives and violence against civilians, were registered in 2021, which is more than double the number recorded in 2020.