Thursday, January 27, 2022

Two Soldiers Killed by Bomb in Burkina Faso’s Southeast

Two soldiers were killed when their motorcycles hit a homemade bomb in southeast Burkina Faso on Monday, the latest attack in a region that had previously escaped jihadist violence in the north.

Since 2015, the West African country has faced increased and deadly attacks by jihadist forces linked to the Islamic State or al-Qaeda.

The violence left about 2,000 people dead and 1.4 million people forced to flee their homes.

A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said two soldiers were “victims of an improvised explosive device explosion” in the town of Farakorosso in the Cascades area.

Another intelligence source said the victims were “a couple of soldiers whose motorcycle was blown up by a mine.”

Since 2018, improvised explosive device attacks have increased in Burkina Faso, according to AFP, killing about 300 civilians and soldiers. These attacks are often carried out in conjunction with ambushes.

Also in the Cascades area on October 2, an IED explosion near the town of Larabin killed two soldiers.

Two days later, in the north, 14 soldiers were killed in an attack on a military unit in Yirgou, the Defense Department said.

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