Three Burkina Faso soldiers were killed and 11 militants were killed in an attack on troops on Wednesday, the military said, as anti-government protests intensified amid growing insecurity.
The military said in a statement on Thursday that the attack took place against an army unit in Theo in the Yatenga region.
“Eleven terrorists were killed. However, during the fighting, three soldiers fell and dozens were injured,” it said.
The attack by suspected Islamist militants was the latest of three since November 14 that killed more than 60 security forces and more than a dozen civilians, prompting nationwide anger and protests, calling for the resignation of President Roch Marc Caboree. evoked set.
Opponents urged people to hold fresh protests on Saturday against the government’s inability to stop a four-year insurgency by al-Qaeda and Islamic State-linked militants that has killed thousands and displaced more than a million. Happened.
The mayor of Ouagadougou issued a statement on Wednesday saying no protests had been authorized and asked police to take necessary measures to stop illegal demonstrations.
The education ministry said schools across the country would remain closed on Friday and Saturday for the safety of students and teachers in view of the call for protest.
The UN Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel said on Thursday that the situation in Burkina Faso is worrying, especially in the region that has had three military acquisitions since the beginning of the year.
“I appeal to the understanding of civil society and other actors to prevent a country like Burkina from falling into a crisis like it is happening elsewhere,” Mahamat Saleh Annadif told a news conference.
Some anger in Burkina Faso last week was against former colonial power France, which has deployed thousands of troops to the Sahel region of West Africa to counter the insurgents.
Hundreds of people gathered in the city of Kaya over the weekend to block a convoy of French logistics and armored vehicles en route to neighboring Niger. The convoy still hasn’t left Burkina Faso.