13 killed by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso

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At least 13 people, most of whom were military  personnel, have been killed by suspected jihadists in the latest of such attack in Burkina Faso’s restive north.

The army confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that ten military police officers, two members of an auxiliary force supporting the army, and a civilian died due to the “terrorist attack on Monday” in the locality of Falangoutou.

The army added that ten other military police officers were missing, and five others were injured in the attack.

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest and most volatile countries in Africa.

Thousands of troops, police and civilians have been killed and about two million people have fled their homes since jihadists launched an insurgency from neighbouring Mali in 2015.

Also, over a third of the country lies beyond the control of the government, and frustration within the army at the mounting toll triggered two coups last year.

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