As violence erupts in the Sahel nation, sources briefed on the attacks told AFP on Sunday that at least 18 people had been murdered in two attacks in Burkina Faso.
The nation is dealing with a jihadist insurgency that spread from nearby Mali in 2015, forcing more than two million people from their homes and resulting in the deaths of thousands of civilians, soldiers, and police.
One resident of Bani, a town in the Sahel region located around 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Dori, claimed that “armed men stormed Bani on Saturday afternoon.” Another witness remarked, “We regret the first toll of 12 fatalities.
Despite without providing a casualty toll, a security source verified the incident.
Also on Saturday, two security sources reported that six troops were killed in the country’s east when an IED exploded.
One of the accounts claimed that “military detachment from Diapaga members were on a patrol operation” when their vehicle “struck a mine on the Diapaga-Partiaga route.”
Attacks in Burkina Faso that are allegedly carried out by terrorists are increasing.
Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation in the Sahel region of West Africa, is among the most unstable and underdeveloped nations in the entire globe.
The government has no control over almost 40% of the nation.
Two coups in 2022 were the result of military resentment about the rising death toll; the most recent took place in September when Captain Ibrahim Traore, 34, took over.
He is upholding the previous junta’s promise to hold elections for a civilian government by 2024.