Islamic State claims Burkina attack


Islamic State claimed responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks against the Burkina Faso military, the SITE website that tracks militant attacks reported.

The attack on August 20 in Koutougou, in the country’s northern Soum province saw militants killing 24 Burkinabe soldiers and injuring seven others.

A statement from Islamic State quoted by SITE attributed the attack to the group’s West Africa branch.

Once one of the region’s most peaceful countries, Burkina Faso has suffered a spillover of Islamist violence from its neighbours and large swathes of the country’s north are now out of control.

Deteriorating security prompted the Ouagadougou government to declare in December a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali, including Soum.