Four Burkina police killed near Mali border

The base in Barani “was the target of a terrorist attack led by an unidentified armed group at around 5 am
Special police forces are seen during search operations following an attack by Al-Qaeda linked gunmen on January 16, 2016 in Ouagadougou. – Security forces in Burkina Faso on January 16 completed a counter-offensive against jihadist assailants who stormed a top hotel and a restaurant in the capital hours earlier, a security source said. The source said security forces were continuing search operations in the area around the Splendid hotel and nearby Cappuccino restaurant, which were attacked by the Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen late on January 15, killing at least 23 people. (Photo by AHMED OUOBA / AFP)

Four Burkina Faso paramilitary police died Thursday in an attack on a base near the border with Mali, a region that sees frequent attacks by jihadists, security sources said.

The base in Barani “was the target of a terrorist attack led by an unidentified armed group” the source told AFP.

Another reported “major material damage including a burnt vehicle” and said the security forces had launched a search and sweep operation.

The same northern base was attacked in October when one gendarme was killed and three were wounded. An assailant was also killed.

An attack in the east last weekend left five soldiers dead.

The country has seen a surge in attacks blamed on Islamist groups – mainly the Ansaroul Islam group and the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) – in the last four years. 

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At first, they were concentrated in the north but the capital Ouagadougou has suffered three attacks, and they are on the rise in the east.

More than 310 people have died in the attacks since 2015, including a total of nearly 60 in Ouagadougou, according to an AFP tally. 


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