Five civilians and five gendarmes were killed in a fresh attack on a base in northern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali, security sources said.
“Many dozens of armed individuals carried out an attack on a gendarmerie post in Oursi in the early hours of Monday morning,
“After several hours of gunfire, the attackers managed to get into the camp. Unfortunately, we lost five gendarmes.” a security source said.
Reinforcements sent to the post, in Oudalan Province, found it severely damaged.
On Sunday, four people including the deputy mayor of a northern Burkina Faso city were also killed in an ambush in an area plagued by recurrent jihadist attacks.
The country’s northern provinces have been battling a four-year-old wave of jihadist violence that came from neighbouring Mali.