Burkina Faso attacks leave 29 dead


At least 29 people were killed in Burkina Faso’s troubled north when a food convoy and a transport truck were attacked, government said.

A “terrorist” attack on the convoy killed 14 civilians, while another truck hit an explosive device in Sanmatenga province, killing 15 people and wounding six, it said in separate statements.

“This drama comes as important security efforts are underway,” it said. “Military reinforcements have been deployed.”

Once a pocket of relative calm in the Sahel, Burkina has suffered a home-grown insurgency for the past three years, amplified by a spill-over of jihadist violence and criminality from Mali.

The latest violence follows an August attack by gunmen that killed 24 soldiers, the deadliest yet in the West African nation’s fight against Islamist militants.