Five soldiers and 30 “terrorists” were killed after suspected extremists attacked a military base in northern Burkina Faso on Saturday, the military said.
Soldiers retaliated strongly to an attack on their base on Saturday in a city in the northern region, which is bearing the brunt of an extremist insurgency, the military said in a statement.
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The statement said the attackers were “terrorists in large numbers” and were heavily armed.
In this fighting five soldiers were killed and 10 others were injured.
The military headquarters said the “provisional toll is at least 30 terrorists killed,” along with other wounded, emphasizing that the enemy “had to retreat in the face of shelling” of troops on the ground and air force intervention.
Some of the attackers joined the civilian population to escape the army, leaving behind weapons, motorcycles and communication equipment.
According to the statement, Burkina Faso troops also seized an armored vehicle and an armed pickup truck used by the attackers.
Along with movements linked to al-Qaeda and the ISIS terrorist group, Burkina Faso has been plagued by extremist raids since 2015.
More than 2,000 people have been killed and 1.8 million displaced.
On Thursday, 11 soldiers were killed in a suspected extremist attack in eastern Burkina Faso.
The new head of state, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandogo Damiba, says he has made the security crisis his “priority”.
Damiba overthrew elected President Roch Marc Christian Cabore in January, accusing him of being ineffective in combating extremist violence.
After a relative’s silence when Damiba took power, a surge of attacks claimed nearly 200 lives.