Two military personnel killed and ten reported missing after attack in northern Burkina Faso

At least two Burkina Faso soldiers have been killed and more than a dozen have been reported missing following an attack by unidentified gunmen in the Sahel region, located in the north of the country and one of the most affected by the deteriorating security situation.

According to information gathered by the Burkinabe news portal Infowakat, the attack was carried out against a detachment in Oudalan and resulted in the wounding of twelve soldiers, including four in serious condition.

The Burkinabe authorities have not yet commented on the attack, with no claim of responsibility. Various jihadist groups operate in the area and have been behind dozens of attacks in recent months.

Burkina Faso has generally been experiencing a significant increase in insecurity since 2015, which has led to a wave of internally displaced persons and refugees to other countries in the region.

The attacks, the work of both Al Qaeda and Islamic State affiliates in the region, have also contributed to an increase in inter-community violence and has led to a flourishing of self-defense groups, to which the Burkinabe government has added ‘volunteers’ to assist in the fight against terrorism.

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